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Skanska Receives Transportation Contract in VA
March 26, 2008

Skanska USA Civil Southeast has been awarded a $41 million contract from Hampton Roads Transit to perform construction services, as part of a future light rail system known as The Tide. When completed, the system will extend over seven miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center through downtown Norfolk and travel adjacent to Interstate 264. The system will feature eleven stations and will connect several colleges, hospitals and other major business concerns in the area. Skanska’s contract, one of 10 contracts that will be awarded for construction of the system, is for a 4.5 mile section from Norfolk State University to Newtown Road.

The contract calls for double-track construction, bridges, grading, demolition, drainage, 76,000 cubic yards of excavation, and utility work. The majority of work will be performed within the Right of Way of an existing single track line long abandoned by Norfolk Southern Railway. The existing track will have to be demolished and replaced with the new light rail track. The contract also requires construction of three individual bridges totaling 2,500 linear feet. Two of the bridges will replace existing wooden trestles which can not accommodate the new track. The third bridge will be built above grade to clear an existing Norfolk Southern line which is active.

Work will also include removal of three trestles, construction of drilled shaft foundations for catenary poles providing electricity for the system.


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