Cost estimates up on Tempe Streetcar

A rendering shows what the future Tempe streetcar will look like running down Mill Avenue. /Photo courtesy of Valley Metro

By Roland Murphy | AZBEX

With design drawings having reached the 60 percent completion point in October, construction cost estimates for the Tempe Streetcar project have gone up, according to a memo from the Public Works Department to the City Council in advance of a planned Dec. 7 update presentation.

In its report on the project, KJZZ quoted Tempe spokeswoman Amanda Nelson as saying material and labor availability could increase the project’s estimated $186M price tag. “This has to do with there’s a higher number of projects like this that are competing for those materials and for labor as well as reconstruction efforts that are happening after the major hurricanes that we’ve seen throughout the country,” Nelson told the station.

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