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Civil | STACY AND WITBECK - GILBERT ROAD LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION
The project is a 1.7-mile
extension of the Valley Metro
Light Rail system.
"We spent a year providing estimates,
design comments, value-engineering
suggestions and constructibility reviews,"
Donaldson recalls, noting that construction began in 2016. "Our substantial
completion date is in 2019."
Work has yet to begin on the roundabout. "No one knows what to expect
when the roundabout is in service," Donaldson admits.
The roundabout, located at Main Street
Stacy and Witbeck has a good relationship with its subcontractors on the
Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension Project.
"We make them part of everything we
do," Project Manager Jennifer Donaldson
says. "We set expectations and our subs
are great about meeting them."
Stacy and Witbeck is utilizing a mix of
local, regional and national subs on the
project. "Our utility and civil subcontractors are locally based," she says.
"Some of the more specialized systems
subcontractors are from out of town."
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and Horne in Mesa, will reduce time for
left-hand turns and facilitate a smoother
Another unique aspect of this project
is the effect the light rail will have on the
road. "Usually, when light rail is added, the
road is widened," Donaldson says. "On this
one, we're actually narrowing the road to
one lane in each direction to minimize the
right-of-way acquisitions and the purchase
A Safe Site
Stacy and Witbeck and Sundt are keeping
safe as they build the extension. In addition
to employing a full-time safety manager,
all workers are required to attend a threehour orientation before they set foot on the
project site, Donaldson says. This includes
subcontractors, the owner and city representatives, and third-party utilities.
Additionally, "Every Monday, we have
a mass safety meeting for everyone that
will be on site that week," Donaldson says.
In addition, the project created a safety
committee that consists of craft people, foremen, superintendents, subcontractors and
engineers. These people "get together, walk
the job, discuss issues that need attention
and make suggestions for improvement,"
The committee also votes to nominate
a safety crew of the month. "We thought
it was important that the nomination for
'We have special, individual
the safety crew of the month come from
the guys building the project," Donaldson
says. "We also have special, individual
recognition if someone goes above and
beyond, has a lot of pride in their work and