April 19, 2016    
  The Milwaukee Streetcar continues to make progress. Read below for information on recent news and steps forward. As always, get the latest news by liking the project on Facebook and following on Twitter. If you live or work on or near the route, you may also want to sign up for Construction News emails here. Thank you for your ongoing interest!  
 
City posts RFP for streetcar Construction Manager-General Contractor   Streetcar’s construction RFP sets goals for DBE, RPP

City posts RFP for streetcar Construction Manager-General Contractor

 

Streetcar’s construction RFP sets goals for DBE, RPP

 

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) has posted its request for proposals (RFP) for a Construction Manager-General Contractor (CM/GC) for construction of the streetcar’s Phase 1 and Lakefront Line extension, including track and roadway, overhead contact system and operations and maintenance facility.  Proposals are due at DPW by 4 p.m. June 1 and should be addressed to the City Engineer. The proposal review takes into account cost, qualifications, experience, and proposed approach to Milwaukee’s project, local hiring, DBE participation and other factors.  The City hopes to select and engage a CM/GC in June.  The RFP and supporting documentation are available on the DPW website at http://city.milwaukee.gov/mpw

 

One of the city’s primary goals in building a streetcar system is local job creation, both as a result of construction and the economic development expected to follow.  The city’s RFP for a contractor to build the Phase 1 and Lakefront Line extension includes a DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) goal of 21% and an RPP (Residents Preference Program) goal of
40%. These goals were set based on an assessment of local workforce and hiring capacity. Bidders will be required in their submittals to document and describe their plan to achieve participation goals at the levels specified in streetcar bid documents. The percentage of proposed DBE and City of Milwaukee resident workers will be a component of the selection criteria for hiring the general contractor.

More than $6 million in utility work savings achieved   Milwaukee Downtown BID creates Streetcar Development and Investment Guide
$6.5 million utility work cost estimate reduction achieved  

Milwaukee Downtown BID creates Streetcar Development and Investment Guide

 

The Department of Public Works has signed a construction agreement with We Energies related to the private utility’s relocation of electric, gas and steam service impacted by the streetcar’s route and relocation efforts have begun in the Third Ward near the Milwaukee Public Market.  The estimated cost of the relocation and other mitigation work is approximately $15 million, which reflects a $6.5 million reduction from the previous estimate of $21.5 million that was budgeted for and approved by the Common Council in February 2015. This cost reduction was achieved as a result of close cooperation between the city and the utility and due to route adjustments the city made to avoid impacts. The City will continue to remain committed to staying within the project’s overall budget.

 

To help support and promote development along and near the streetcar corridor in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, Milwaukee Downtown (Business Improvement District #21) has published a "MKE Streetcar Development and Investment Guide." This interactive online tool highlights the many development, redevelopment and commercial lease opportunities that exist along or within walking distance to the Phase 1 main line and Lakefront Line extension routes.  Already, the new online guide has generated several inquiries from both local and out-of-town developers interested in learning more about opportunities along the streetcar route.

 

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