Valley Metro Line Section 1 - Phoenix, Ariz.
This project was a $71.5 million, 2.27-mi. section of LRT connecting the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, Arizona.
The scope of work included a complete road re-construction, extensive underground utilities, three station platform foundations, and the new concrete embedded double track guideway for the light rail system. During the course of the project numerous conflicts, right of way issues, and third-party utility problems were encountered. After completion almost 2,400 impacts to the project were recorded. As a result of the conflicts and impacts, Kiewit Western Co. assisted Valley Metro Rail in the redesign of nearly half of the project. Through re-sequencing and acceleration, the project team was able to significantly reduce project delays, and ensure that the project was completed on time to meet the schedule requirements for Valley Metro Rail.
Even with the accelerations, multiple concurrent operations, and complicated utility work that was completed while maintaining local business and residential traffic; the project successfully worked over 900 days without an accident. Valley Metro Rail instituted a Community Advisory Board (CAB) with an incentive program to go above and beyond the requirements for Public Outreach, Contractor Response, Traffic Management, and Property Restoration. The project team created great relations not only with the Owner, but with the residents and businesses owner’s as well.