Two historic Baton Rouge vertical lift bridges are in for a makeover, under a cleaning and recoating contract just awarded to a longtime local contractor.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded the $2,162,907 contract to Coastal Bridge Co. LLC, of Baton Rouge, for work on the bridges over Little Caillou Bayou and Bayou LaCarpe.
Scope of Work
The project involves cleaning and recoating a total of 39,777 square feet of structural steel surfaces on the 112-by-24-foot bridge over Little Caillou Bayou and the 196-by-24-foot bridge over Bayou LaCarpe.
The steel on both lift bridges will be abrasive blast-cleaned to SSPC-SP 10 (near white) and coated with an organic zinc-rich primer, an epoxy intermediate and a polyurethane finish. The project also includes cleaning and coating bridge machinery with an epoxy primer and a polyurethane finish.
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|The Little Caillou Bayou Bridge (left) and Bayou LaCarpe Bridge in Baton Rouge are due for a facelift.|
The existing coatings contain lead; containment is required. The project had been budgeted at up to $2.5 million.
The bridge over Bayou LaCarpe, in Houma, opened in 1964 and carried about 12,800 vehicles daily as of 2010, according to bridgehunter.com. A November 2010 inspection rated the bridge Structurally Deficient overall, with the deck condition in poor condition; the superstructure, fair; and the substructure, satisfactory.
The Bayou Little Caillou bridge, built in 1941, carried about 11,400 vehicles daily in 2010, bridgehunter.com reported. A December 2010 inspection rated the bridge Structurally Deficient overall, although the deck and substructure were both considered satisfactory. The superstructure was rated fair.
About the Contractor
Coastal Bridge traces its roots to 1928 and a company then known as Forcum-James Co. The company split up in 1954, leading to the establishment of Coastal Contractors Inc. and Coastal Asphalt Co. Coastal Asphalt was later sold and its name changed.
In 1956, Coastal Contractors established Coastal Bridge to handle bridge and marine construction. Today, the third-generation family business is one of the leading road and bridge construction companies in Louisiana, primarily serving the state’s southeastern region. Coastal Bridge and Coastal Contractors have built many of Louisiana’s highways and bridges.
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