THE Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has named Tutor Perini as the lowest bidder for a $US 478m contract to build a new transport interchange as part of the LAX Airport Metro Connector project. 

The contract covers the construction of a new multimodal interchange at the junction of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street, which will connect the new 3.6km LAX Automated People Mover with the existing 32km Line C (Redondo Beach - Norwalk) and the under construction 13.7km Line K (Crenshaw - LAX) light rail lines, as well as several bus routes.  

A shortlist of six bidders was published for the contract. The other five are: 

  • Clark Construction Group 
  • Dragados USA 
  • Hensel Phelps Construction 
  • the OHL NA - Suffolk joint venture, and 
  • Skanska USA Civil West California District. 

Selection of a contractor is expected later this year, with work expected to begin in the third quarter of this year. The interchange is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025. 

Work on the six-station elevated LAX Automated People Mover began in March 2019, with the line currently anticipated to be operational from 2023. The Fluor-led Linxs joint venture is delivering the project under a $US 2.7bn design, build, finance, operate contract awarded by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in February 2018. 

Work on Line K began in January 2014 and is being carried out by a consortium of Walsh, Shea, HNTB, Comstock and ARUP (The Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors). The line is expected to open later this year.