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INDIANAPOLIS – IndyGo is pleased to announce the Board of Directors is awarding Purple Line contracts to Crider & Crider, Inc. and F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. for construction of Indianapolis’ second bus rapid transit line. Construction is expected to begin on the Purple Line in early 2022. 

These selections were made from several companies that placed bids on two separate packages. One package includes civil work, such as roads, drainage and sidewalks, and the other package includes station construction and communications work.  

Crider & Crider was granted the civil work package with a bid of $95.6 million. Wilhelm, which previously completed the stations and communications package for IndyGo’s Red Line, won the construction and communications package with a bid of $18.2 million. Combined, the total cost for these two contracts is $113.8 million.  

Crider & Crider works in the heavy/highway and commercial building construction markets. Previous projects include the Ruoff Music Center, College Mall in Bloomington and the Indianapolis Airport Midfield Terminal. The Indiana Department of Transportation has presented multiple Pavement Smoothness Awards to the company. 

In addition to the Red Line, Wilhelm Construction worked on the Indianapolis Colts’ Hoosier Dome, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, JW Marriott and Eskenazi Health campus projects. It has won multiple awards for excellence in development and safety. The total estimated cost for the Purple Line project is $188 million. 

“We are excited to award these contracts to local companies with proven track records of producing excellent work,” said Inez Evans, IndyGo president and CEO. “With this announcement, we’re finally signaling the long-awaited green light to move full speed ahead with the faster, more efficient transit and long-overdue improvements and upgrades to infrastructure along the 38th Street corridor, improving the quality of life for riders and residents.”  

As the momentum surrounding the Purple Line and the future Blue Line hits a fever pitch, more than a dozen stakeholders and community partners were eager to share why transit, IndyGo and BRT are critically important to the work they do, the people they serve, and the opportunities they provide to boldly move our city forward. Hear what they had to say in this Transit is Essential Video. 

To learn more about the Purple Line and view the latest construction updates, visit https://www.indygo.net/purple-line/ 

Also approved at the December Board meeting: 

  • As part of the agreement to share in utility relocation costs on the Purple Line, IndyGo will reimburse Citizens Energy Group up to $1.5 million for construction cost overages. 

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