Skanska has signed a design-build contract to construct a 16 kilometer extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.

Skanska is leading a joint venture with Shimmick Construction and Herzog Contracting Corporation.

Skanska has a 45 percent share of the contract, which amounts to $347m, awarded by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).

The project will extend the ‘heavy rail rapid transit system’ to San Jose, California.

The extension includes two stations, six at-grade crossings and two above grade crossings.

The project’s alignment starts from Warm Springs Station in Fremont and ends in the City of San Jose.

Work will commence in February 2012 and is planned to be completed in spring 2016.