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$15M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Bids will be accepted June 29 for superstructure and substructure painting and repairs on Louisiana’s vast Sunshine Bridge—a painting contract valued at up to $15 million.

The bridge carries four lanes of US 70 across the Mississippi River at St. James Parish, LA.

 Sunshine bridge

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The 1.5-mile-long Sunshine was once considered a “Bridge to Nowhere.”

Criticized when it opened in 1964 as a “Bridge to Nowhere,” the bridge now carries about 16,000 vehicles a day between Sorrento and Donaldsonville, in the Baton Rouge area. It also plays an important role in storm evacuation and in industrial development along the Mississippi.

Scope of Work

This project involves cleaning and recoating structural steel surfaces on a 3,160-foot-long segment of the east approach and a 1,444-foot-long segment of the west approach to the Sunshine Bridge, an 8,236-foot-long cantilever bridge over the Mississippi River.

The project also includes repairing 61 trestle bent base plates that are coated with lead-based paint.

The steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to SSPC-SP 10 (near white) and coated with an inorganic zinc-rich primer, an epoxy-intermediate, and a polyurethane finish.

The existing coatings contain lead; Class 1 containment according to SSPC-Guide 6 is required, as are SSPC-QP 1 and QP 2 certifications. The contractor must furnish NACE-certified quality control inspectors.

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

   

Tagged categories: Bidding; Bridges; Lead; Paint BidTracker; Protective coatings

Comment from Gerald Burbank, (6/21/2011, 8:02 AM)

My guess is that there could be anywhere from 1.2 - 2.0 mil sf. The budget looks awfully low for a bridge that size....


Comment from Michael Beitzel, (6/21/2011, 8:52 AM)

They are only painting the approaches not the main bridge.


Comment from Gerald Burbank, (6/22/2011, 6:20 AM)

The wording in the article makes that unclear. The approaches look like they could have 450-600k sf. In that range the budget would probably be about right


Comment from Brian Churray, (6/22/2011, 10:28 AM)

To clarify, the painting is indeed limited to the simpler approach spans.


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