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$28M Awarded for Bridge Painting

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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A $28,638,941 contract has been awarded to Certified Coatings Co. of Fairfield, CA, for cleaning and painting operations on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the California Department of Transportation announced.

Certified Coatings' bid beat out four additional wagers, ranging from $31,464,000 to $46,687,580. The contract was estimated at nearly $50 million.

The 5.5-mile-long bridge carries Interstate 580 over the San Francisco Bay, connecting Contra Costa and Marin counties.

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Caltrans / William Hall

Caltrans awarded a $28 million contract to Certified Coatings Co. to clean and paint the 5.5-mile-long Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

The bid due date was postponed from Dec. 17 to March 19, and a mandatory pre-bid meeting was held Nov. 20.

Scope of Work

The project involves cleaning and recoating 280,000 square feet of structural steel. The contractor will spot-abrasive blast-clean structural steel surfaces to Bare Metal (SSPC-SP 5) or Commercial (SP 6) finish. Following blast cleaning, surfaces must have a dense, uniform, angular anchor pattern of 1.5 mils.

The steel will be coated with a moisture-cured polyurethane coating system consisting of two undercoats and a finish coat. Repair, removal and replacement of coating exhibiting bubbling will be mandatory.

The existing coatings contain lead, and a containment system must be provided with a minimum vertical clearance of 15 feet and a horizontal clearance of 32 feet for traffic.

Contractors are required to obtain either a Class A or a Class C (C-33) license for this project. SSPC-QP 1 and SSPC-QP 2 certifications are also required.

About the Structure

Also called the John F. McCarthy Memorial Bridge, the structure is known for the aluminum falsework that was used in its construction. The falsework appeared like actual steel trusses, but was actually composed of built-up beams. The bridge, originally built in 1956, underwent a seismic retrofit in 2001, but retained some of its original rivets and materials, according to Historic Bridges.

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Bidding; Bridges; Contractors; Contracts; Department of Transportation (DOT); Paint BidTracker; SSPC-QP 1; SSPC-QP 2

Comment from Michael Beitzel, (4/30/2014, 2:46 PM)

That is a stunningly expensive cost of over $102 per square foot.


Comment from Michael Deaton, (4/30/2014, 7:02 PM)

The cost on this one is obviously the access....not much square footage compared to the bid.


Comment from Jim Lumley, (5/1/2014, 8:32 AM)

Well the way I read the article there is an estimated 280,000 square feet of surface area spread out over a 5.5 mile long structure. The cost attributed to this work is not so much relative to the actual costs associated with materials and waste disposal costs but more likely the costs of mobilization de-mobilization, containment setup and teardown, etc for access to the work locations. The article does not state an exact location. Which leads the reader to conclude that surfaces to be spot blasted are across the entire structure, floor system, superstructure, bents, through truss, sway frames, etc etc etc. Work would likely be performed from barges and multiple lane closures throughout the duration of the project, personally I believe when you factor in these the contract estimate awarded is likely to be low considering these factors. And lets not forget the cost of fuel for running all this equipment either.


Comment from James Albertoni, (5/1/2014, 10:13 AM)

The estimate was $50 mil. Like Jim said, access is a nightmare, they are doing 3 coats, disposing of lead, and have to contain it all. Not to mention that 280,000 sf on rivets, angle iron, and trusses is much more difficult than flat plate.


Comment from jesse chasteen, (5/1/2014, 3:43 PM)

Certified has been doing SF Bay Bridges for quite some time..Think about this....even the cost of containment for one square foot of heavy metal coatings would tear up a hundred dollar bill...they bid at what they feel will turn a profit..


Comment from James Svoboda, (5/6/2014, 5:03 AM)

This article was a little bit misleading. The 280,000 SF was the projected quantity of spot blasting. The project has 1.6 million SF of steel that gets coated.


Comment from Laki Paliouras, (5/8/2014, 9:19 AM)

SO its more like 15$ per SF..Good Luck.


Comment from Alfonso Ortiz, (5/20/2014, 3:38 PM)

Where can I apply to work on the bridge??


Comment from Steve Sparks, (9/29/2015, 3:44 PM)

This project has now been respecced to 100% spot blast! because the paint was in such poor condition and Caltrans inability to change the spec. now they are blasting it 100%.


Comment from Michael Beitzel, (9/30/2015, 9:48 AM)

Steve what is the current cost of the project with 100% blast cleaning?


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/8/2015, 1:28 PM)

If it were rebid, I wouldn't expect the cost to go up that much for 100% blast. Less than the original $50MM estimate. For spot blast all over the contractor already has to mobilize all the blast equipment, barges, traffic control, rigging, containment, decon, disposal, painting, etc. Inspecting the spot blast would be a nightmare too. As a bonus, you will end up with a bridge that is mostly deleaded, instead of a bridge mostly full of lead paint.


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