• Capabilities: Design, Operations, Maintenance
  • Sectors: Rail and Urban Transport

Valley METRO Central Mesa LRT Extension

Phoenix, AZ, United States - The acquisition and preparation of rights-of-way cause the greatest uncertainty during the pre-construction phase of major transportation projects. They significantly impact project cost and schedule, as well as the community.

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Phase I ESAs completed

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Phase II ESAs completed

Engaging a trusted partner to lead the right-of-way (ROW) acquisition and leasing process, prepare the ROW, and collaboratively work with the design-build contractor to prepare a master project schedule can help you achieve the efficiency you demand on major transportation projects while reducing cost.

Valley Metro (VM) Light Rail is a high-capacity transit system in the Phoenix area built entirely in-street, using train-only trackways and traffic signals. The original 20 mile segment opened in 2008 with the goal of extending its reach another 37 miles through Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. One component of the project, the Central Mesa Extension, involved the construction of 3.1 miles of light rail on Main Street through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive. Construction included utility relocation and street work, track installation, and station platforms, as well as system and station finishes.

Arcadis was retained to manage construction support tasks for the Central Mesa Extension. To accelerate the project schedule, VM asked Arcadis to directly manage ROW acquisition, and design and construction contracts to clear the ROW for the design-build contractor, who was brought on board before ROW acquisitions were completed. Arcadis performed this work as a CM/GM at Risk. We provided design- and construction-phase management services for cut-and reface, demolition and cost-to-cure work. Additional work included environmental assessments and abatement oversight for soil, asbestos and lead-based paint.

By clearing of the ROW in advance, Arcadis enabled the project’s design-build contractor to focus on the new construction, minimized changes to the design-build scope and avoided impacts to the project schedule. Through a subcontract, we provided ROW acquisition services that included appraisals, review appraisals and waiver valuations. We prepared, delivered and negotiated offers on behalf of the City of Mesa. We also provided relocation services, including a self-storage business with more than 600 tenants. Throughout the process, Arcadis worked closely with the City, its legal representative and real estate professionals.

Outcomes

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Phase I ESAs completed

13

Phase II ESAs completed

Questions about this project

Ram Kumar

Senior Vice President, Director of Transportation 213 486 9884 Ask me a question

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Senior Program Manager 602 797 4560 Ask me a question
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