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December 8, 2012

Contract awarded in Salem MBTA project

Final go-ahead for parking garage, station upgrades

SALEM — The MBTA offered a contract to a Milford-based company this week to oversee the construction of Salem’s new train station and parking garage.

Consigli Construction Company will be paid up to $32.5 million and will be in charge of subcontracting with builders to complete the project.

This was the final go-ahead on a project that’s been decades in the making.

“This has been a project that people have been talking about here and at the T for 20 years,” said Lynn Duncan, director of Salem’s Department of Planning and Community Development. “(It’s had) many starts and stops. This time the project is real and moving forward.”

The MBTA is designing a 714-space parking garage as part of an upgrade to the station at the intersection of Washington and Bridge streets.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve the contract with Consigli on Wednesday. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and state Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, were at Wednesday’s meeting.

Yesterday, Driscoll called the contract “great news” and “another big step forward.”

Driscoll said Consigli will be good to work with, especially as the city deals with the impacts of construction.

“(Consigli) brings a great deal of experience working in urban settings,” said Driscoll. “... I’m very pleased that Secretary (of Transportation, Richard) Davey and the Mass DOT team have put so much confidence in the project.”

Consigli is headquartered in Milford and has offices in Williamstown; Portland, Maine; and Hartford, Conn. The company’s portfolio includes corporate, government, public and private school projects, museums and historic restoration — everything from putting an addition onto the Cambridge Public Library to building the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.

With the contract awarded, site work should start in the spring and the project is slated to be finished by September 2014, said Ed Hunter, the MBTA’s assistant general manager for design and construction.

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