State transportation planners working on the long delayed plans to extend the Green Line past Lechmere will recommend next week that the MBTA hire a consortium of companies to do the work, at a potential cost of no more than $1.1 billion - on top of what the state's already spent on the work.
Green Line Extension planners opened bids today and agreed to recommend the hiring of Fluor Enterprises, Inc., The Middlesex Corp., Herzog Contracting Corp., and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. The companies, bidding together as GLX Constructors, submitted a bid of $954.6 million. Planners then added money for contingencies, to bring the expected cost to $1.08 billion.
The board that now runs the T meets Monday to consider the proposal.
The companies said their bid includes several components the state had said it could do without to just get the trains running already, including construction of canopies at platforms, a number of elevators, extension of a community path between East Somerville and Lechmere stations, public art and an "enhanced" trolley maintenance facility in Somerville.
In addition to money from the state - which has pledged to buy a new fleet of trolleys for the extension separate from construction of the line - the federal government has committed $1 billion towards the work.
Green Line Extension project updates.