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Clark, Kiewit Submit Lowest Bids For Silver Line's Phase II

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Phase I of the Silver Line, shown here in Tysons Corner, is nearly complete, as bids start to come in for the next phase.
Jared Angle
Phase I of the Silver Line, shown here in Tysons Corner, is nearly complete, as bids start to come in for the next phase.

A construction consortium headed by Clark Construction submitted the lowest of five bids to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, $1.2 billion, to build the last 11 miles of the Silver Line.

Clark's bid beat the next lowest bid by $14 million, submitted by Bechtel, the firm that built Phase I of the project from D.C. to Reston. Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the Dulles Rail Project, says if Clark's math adds up, it will be awarded the contract for Phase II.

"If you had seen the bid packages that came in today, they were an inch to an inch-and-a-half thick," he says.

All five bids fell between $1.2 and $1.4 billion -- lower than MWAA expected. Phase II's estimated cost is $2.7 billion.

"The total project budget includes a rail yard at Dulles Airport, that has yet to be bid," says Nowakowski, explaining the difference between the bid price and the project's total cost. "It includes parking garages and that type of stuff that hopefully the counties will build. It includes rail cars and project management."

The decision on whether to award the contract to Clark Construction and its partner Kiewit Infrastructure South could be made in the next two weeks.

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