U.S.: Maryland to pay $250 million to settle Purple Line disputes, replace construction contractor

By Colin Campbell, Baltimore Sun; November 24, 2020

The Maryland Department of Transportation has agreed to pay $250 million to settle a dispute over cost overruns that caused the construction contractor to quit the Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in September.

The settlement, which is pending approval by the state Board of Public Works, would allow construction to resume by ending all litigation, salvaging the public-private partnership with two of the contractors — Meridiam and Star America — and replacing Texas-based Fluor Corp., the project’s primary builder.

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