The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved $183.5 million for a consultant overseeing construction contracts on the delayed Purple Line until the companies managing the light-rail project hire a new lead contractor.
State transportation officials say the $183.5 million is not a cost increase because it was already in the project’s $2 billion budget for work that would have done by the Fluor team. In December, the Board of Public Works — composed of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) and Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) — approved a $250 million legal settlement connected to the Fluor team’s departure.
The contract extension approved Wednesday brings to $398.5 million the total paid or allocated to the joint venture of engineering firms AECOM and RK&K, and consulting firm WSP.