The MBTA Board of Directors has approved the latest project in the long term modernization of the Blue Line- a $26.3 million contract with Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. for the Blue Line Orient Heights Station Modernization Project in East Boston.
The Orient Heights Station was constructed in 1952 and the project will reconstruct the station to be fully accessible to all passengers as well as make large scale improvements.
The construction will include installation of a new overhead pedestrian bridge, 4 elevators and 2 escalators, new mechanical and power systems, a renovated Train Operations Building and improvements to the bus access areas.
Work will begin in late fall 2011 with completion expected in 2014.
The Board also approved a $29.2 million contract with S&R Construction Co., Inc. for a new Assembly Square Station on the Orange Line, also expected to be completed in 2014.
The new Station will serve a large, multi-phase project to be completed over several years that will include office, retail, hotel, and housing components.