The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $42.7 million contract for rehabilitation of Philadelphia’s George C. Platt Bridge to a joint venture representing two industrial painters.
Vimas Painting Co. Inc., of Campbell, OH, bid with Hercules Painting Co. Inc., of New Castle, PA, as a joint venture for the project, which includes painting, structural steel repairs, concrete repairs, deck rehabilitation, and other miscellaneous construction. There were two other bidders.
The Platt Bridge, 8,780 feet long and 47.9 feet wide, is a cantilevered through truss bridge with a 680-foot-long main span over the Schuylkill River.
Scope of Work
The project includes cleaning and recoating the structural steel surfaces. The steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to SSPC-SP 10 (near white) and recoated with a 3-coat organic zinc-epoxy-urethane system.
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The project also includes applying a penetrating sealant to 4,024 square yards of reinforced concrete superstructure surfaces and an epoxy-based surface treatment on 4,800 square yards of decking.
The existing coatings contain lead; containment according to SSPC-Guide 6 and waste disposal according to Guide 7 will be required.
The bridge, originally called the Penrose Avenue Bridge, was constructed in 1949 to replace ferry service across the river. The bridge was last rehabilitated in 1984. There were three bidders for this project.
The project is expected to begin in May and be completed in July 2013.