Design-build contract signed for Texas HSR project

Texas Central and the joint venture of Salini Impregilo and its U.S. subsidiary, Lane Construction Corporation signed a design-build contract to supply the civil and infrastructure scope for the new high-speed line between Houston and Dallas.
This includes the design and construction of the viaduct and embankment sections along the entire route, the installation of the track system and the alignment and construction of all buildings and services that will house maintenance and other rail system equipment.
The contract provides the authorization to start a set of early works for the joint venture to continue advancing engineering design, detailed planning, interface definition and other key prerequisites necessary to start construction.
“This agreement brings us one step closer to beginning construction of the civil infrastructure segments of the project,” Carlos Aguilar, CEO, Texas Central, said.
The agreement is the result of their previous work providing front-end engineering and design for the train’s civil infrastructure. Other services included optimizing execution plans, strategies and logistics, as well as performing analysis to develop construction costs and schedule estimates.
The total investment of the high-speed rail project is USD 20 billion, of which USD 14 billion is the estimated cost of the civil works.
Texas HSR project envisages the construction of a 386-km high-speed line linking Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, with stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, the Brazos Valley and Houston.

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