Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CBS Chicago: CTA Picks Contract For Red Line Work; 30 Percent To Go To Minority, Women-Owned Firms

This is certainly good news for this project in our general area, but how many of us will seek jobs on the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Red Line:
The Chicago Transit Authority has selected a contractor to handle the massive rehabilitation project for the South Red Line, and the firm will subcontract about 30 percent of the work to minority- and women-owned businesses.

The CTA selected Chicago-based Kiewit Infrastructure Corporation for the project, which will force the agency to shut down the Red Line below the Cermak-Chinatown stop for five months complete track restoration and other upgrades. The firm submitted the lowest bid of $220.1 million, and is considered the most qualified.

The firm slightly exceeded the CTA’s target of 28 percent of the work being subcontracted to minority- and women-owned firms, or “disadvantaged business enterprises.” Kiewit will subcontract 29.3 percent of the work to outside firms – a portion of the work worth $66.5 million.

A total of 60.6 percent of the work is going to African-American firms, 23.8 percent to Hispanic firms, 3.5 percent to Asian firms, and 12. 1 percent to women-owned firms, the CTA said.

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