Krische Construction wins first phase of $152M Denver rail project

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Award: Phase 1 of the Downtown Rail Reconstruction Project
Value: Unknown, entire project is $152 million
Location: Denver
Client: Regional Transportation District-Denver

Longmont, Colorado-based Krische Construction has been tapped to reconstruct five light rail intersections in downtown Denver, the Regional Transportation District-Denver announced on March 27.

Much of the existing downtown track infrastructure, commonly referred to as the Downtown Loop, has been in place since the line was first built in 1994, according to RTD’s website. The agency is doing a  $152 million, full-depth reconstruction of this section of rail in order to improve safety and mobility and address deteriorating infrastructure.

The process involves removing all current rail infrastructure, concrete, ties and ballast and remediating the drains below each segment before crews fully rebuild the structures, according to the agency. Work will occur in four phases, with the first phase starting in May on five segments of track at street intersections in the Downtown Loop. Phases two through four of the project will occur in 2025.

RTD also selected Denver-headquartered Triunity Engineering for project management support and consultant services. Both Krische Construction and Triunity have experience on civil projects in the area, according to the agency. 

In recent years RTD performed 17 isolated projects in the central corridor to replace sections of curved rail, switches, crossings, signals and other rail infrastructure, but the Downtown Rail Reconstruction Project is the first comprehensive rebuild in agency history.

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