The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has awarded a $22,289,395 contract for repairing and repainting the Driscoll Memorial Bridge—the world’s widest bridge—to Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinville, NJ.
Six companies had bid for the project, with proposals ranging up to $26,276,632.10. The Turnpike Authority had estimated the cost of the painting work at between $20 million and $30 million.
Peter Samuel / TollRoads News
|A six-year project completed in 2009 expanded the bridge to 15 travel lanes and six shoulder lanes, making it wider than the George Washington Bridge.|
Built in 1954, the Driscoll Bridge is a three-span toll bridge that carries the Garden State Parkway over the shipping channel of the Raritan River in Perth Amboy, NJ, 26 miles southwest of New York’s Central Park.
With the completion of a six-year, $225 million construction and rehabilitation project in May 2009, the 15-lane Driscoll with six shoulder lanes surpassed the George Washington Bridge as the world’s widest bridge.
The bridge is also one of the world’s busiest, carrying about 300,000 vehicles daily.
1M Square Feet of Steel
The project involves abrasive blast-cleaning and recoating more than 1 million square feet of steel.
The Driscoll is 4,392 feet long and 129 feet wide, with a 1,859-foot-long main span.
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
|More than 1 million square feet of steel will be blasted clean and recoated.|
The proposal includes coating 851,000 square feet of carbon steel; 299,000 square feet of weathering steel; and 3,500 square feet of other steel.
The project also includes performing structural steel repairs, catwalk retrofitting, cleaning of the bridge drainage system, and miscellaneous improvements.
The existing coatings contain lead; containment will be required.
The steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to SSPC-SP 10 (near white) and recoated with a zinc-rich primer, an epoxy intermediate, and an aliphatic polyurethane finish.
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