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HART awards $400 million contract to relocate utilities to make way for Honolulu rail

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Guideway support columns for the Honolulu rail project were being built along Kamehameha Highway in January. The next major contract has been awarded for a critical portion of the project.

Local construction firm Nan Inc. has been awarded a key $400 million contract to relocate utilities along the city center portion of Honolulu’s East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana Center rail line, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Monday in a news release.

The “indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity,” or IDIQ, contract calls for the contractor to perform a series of utility relocation task orders from HART in the 4.1-mile area between Middle Street and Ala Moana Center. Eight rail stations are planned within the segment that runs through Kalihi, Iwilei, downtown Honolulu and Kakaako.

“This work will progress ahead of future guideway and station construction, and clear the path for that work,” HART Executive Director and CEO Andrew Robbins said.

The guideway and stations construction work for that section of the line will be through a separate contract yet to be awarded.

This is Nan’s fourth, and most expensive, project contract for the embattled $9 billion rail project.

In August 2014, Nan was awarded the contract for the Airport Section Utilities Relocation Contract for a significantly lower $28 million. That project was completed in 2016.

The latest project involves all of the utilities in the town segment, which is also the section of the route with the most utilities, HART spokesman Bill Brennan said. The airport contract involved Nan removing only a portion of that section, he said.

Nan also won a contract in July 2015 to build three West Oahu stations — at Hoopili, East Kapolei and UH-West Oahu — after it submitted a low bid of $56 million.

In December 2015, Nan won the contract for construction of three rail stations along the Kamehameha Highway section with a bid of $116 million. The three stations are at Pearl Highlands, Pearlridge and Aloha Stadium.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Andrew Robbins, executive director and chief executive officer of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
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