Mesa light rail extension named one of the best construction projects of 2020

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Mesa’s Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension was among the most significant construction project of 2020, the Associated General Contractors of America announced today. As a result, the project’s contractor, Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, a Joint Venture received the association’s Construction Risk Partners Build America Merit Award for best new highway and transportation project. 

“These awards put a spotlight on some of the toughest, most innovative and successful projects completed during the past year,” said Dirk Elsperman, the association’s president and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Tarlton Corp. in St. Louis, Mo.  “The winning firms are helping elevate the overall quality of construction in this country.”

Only the second system in the U.S. to feature light rail running through a roadway roundabout, this project includes four miles of embedded track, two new stations, an overhead catenary system, and traction power substations, as well as a park-and-ride lot and roadway work. The center running track extends the existing light rail line from historic downtown Mesa to Gilbert Road. 

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