IndyGo names contractors to build Purple Line BRT project

Dec. 10, 2021
Crider & Crider will handle the project’s civil work while F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. was awarded the communications package for the project.

The IndyGo Board of Directors awarded two contracts worth a combined $113.8 million to companies that will help the transit agency deliver Indianapolis’ second bus rapid transit line.

The board awarded a $95.6-million contract to Crider & Crider to perform the civil work package on the project and a $18.2-million contract to F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. for the communications package. Wilhelm previously completed the stations and communications package for IndyGo’s Red Line.

IndyGo explains these companies were made from several companies that placed bids on two separate packages. One package includes civil work, such as roads, drainage and sidewalks, and the other package includes station construction and communications work.

“We are excited to award these contracts to local companies with proven track records of producing excellent work,” said Inez Evans, IndyGo president and CEO. “With this announcement, we’re finally signaling the long-awaited green light to move full speed ahead with the faster, more efficient transit and long-overdue improvements and upgrades to infrastructure along the 38th Street corridor, improving the quality of life for riders and residents.”

Construction on the $188-million Purple Line is expected to begin in early 2022. The project will extend 15.2 miles between Indianapolis and Lawrence, connecting major employers, cultural institutions, as well as healthcare and educational facilities.

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