Gannett Fleming/WSP joint venture to support light rail project in North Carolina

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A Gannett Fleming/WSP joint venture has been appointed to act as the construction management consultant on the planned Durham and Orange counties’ light rail project.

The 28 km light rail system will link UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University in Durham.

The joint venture said it will provide constructability reviews, cost estimating, contract packaging, design, and specification reviews during phase one, and full construction management services during phase two.

The Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) project includes 18 new stations and around 6 km of the route will run on an elevated alignment.

The contract was awarded by GoTriangle, the regional transport authority for the Research Triangle in North Carolina. The Research Triangle is so named because it is home to North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina

Pam Townsend, WSP’s Southeast regional manager, said: “This critical light rail transit project will create safer and more reliable mobility options to connect the surrounding communities and will bring continued economic growth to the growing Triangle region.”

Once open, the new line is expected to support 26,000 journeys a day and will connect the region’s top 10 employers.

GoTriangle estimates that by 2057 the line could add $3.2 billion to property prices and generate $1.4 billion in tax revenue.

Bryan Mulqueen, an executive at Gannett Fleming, said: “We are proud to be part of a team that’s implementing much-needed rail transit in the Triangle Region because it will transform mobility in the community.”

Read more: RFP issued for Hamilton light rail project in Ontario



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