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A couple of firms are getting ready to work on the railroadIt's official: SunRail is making its move into Kissimmee and Osceola County.SunRail’s southern extension into Osceola County, to be exact.

The Florida Department of Transportation awarded the design/build contract for the next phase of the Central Florida commuter rail to Middlesex-Herzog II, a joint venture between Littleton, Mass.-based The Middlesex Corp. and St. Joseph, Mo.-based Herzog Contracting Corp.

Both companies are well-known in the local transportation construction industry, as Herzog Contracting is working on SunRail’s signal maintenance and Middlesex has done work for District 5 in the past.

The other two finalists for the design/build contract were Archer Western Contractors Ltd. and Lane Construction Corp.

The SunRail Phase 2 south design/build contract is expected to be executed early next year, and once that is complete, construction can begin.

The $186.9 million expansion will include another 17.2 miles of commuter rail service between the Sand Lake Road station and the Poinciana station on the existing Central Florida Rail Corridor right-of-way. It also will include design and construction of the four new stations in Orange County’s Meadow Woods neighborhood, Osceola Parkway near Tupperware Brands Corp.’s (NYSE: TUP) headquarters, downtown Kissimmee and Poinciana. And a new vehicle storage and light maintenance facility will be built in Poinciana.

Read more of OBJ’s previous coverage of SunRail and come back for updates.