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Bids Sought to Rehab Historic Eads Bridge

Monday, November 29, 2010

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Eads Bridge

Metro Transit of St. Louis, MO, will accept bids Dec. 21 for rehabilitating the city’s historic Eads Bridge.

Named for its designer and builder, James B. Eads, the structure was the first major bridge to be built using steel and cantilevered construction. At the time of its construction in 1874, the 6,442-foot-long by 46-foot-wide ribbed steel structure was the longest arch bridge in the world.

Many people doubted the safety of the new structure because the building techniques were unheard of at the time. Eads used the popular belief that an elephant would never set foot on an unsound structure to his advantage, literally leading an elephant across the bridge to prove its safety to the public. He then ran 14 locomotives across the bridge while a team of inspectors examined the structure.

Though constructed for rail traffic, the bridge now carries both trains and cars over the Mississippi River and is owned by both Metro Transit and the City of St. Louis.

Scope of Work

The project includes cleaning and recoating all existing metal surfaces on the bridge, with the exception of the deck and beam system that is owned and operated by the City of St. Louis. The steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to a Near White finish (SSPC-SP 10) and coated with an organic zinc-epoxy-urethane system.

The project includes chloride remediation and lead abatement. Containment according to SSPC-Guide 6, as well as SSPC-QP 1 and QP 2 certification, are required. The project also requires dust collection according to SSPC-Guide 16 and air monitoring according to SSPC-TU 7.

Reported by Paint BidTracker, a construction reporting service devoted to identifying contracting opportunities for the coatings community.

   

Tagged categories: Bidding; Bridges; Government; Government contracts; SSPC

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