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Companies bid billions on Phase 2 of Silver Line

Saturday - 4/20/2013, 1:57pm  ET

Jamie Forzato, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - It's one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country, and on Friday, the bids for the second phase of the Silver Line were unveiled.

The construction from Reston to Loudoun County will cost less than expected. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced all five contract bids came in under the $1.4-$1.6 billion cost guidelines.

The contract will likely go to the lowest bidder -- Capital Rail Constructors -- if the board approves the company's $1.18 billion dollar proposal. Silver Line Constructors proposed the highest bid at $1.38 billion.

MWAA will announce the contract winner in May.

Dulles Toll Road users will end up covering about 75 percent of the total cost of Phase 2, which will run from Wiehle Avenue in Fairfax County to Washington Dulles International Airport and onto Route 772 in Loudoun County.

Phase 1 of the Silver Line, which extends from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue, will be completed by the end of 2013.

The Silver Line will cost an estimated $5.6 billion and is expected to open in 2018.

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