The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids Nov. 20 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract now valued at $10 million to $15 million.
The 1.7-mile-long continuous truss bridge connects Dahlgren, VA, and Newburg, MD, over the Potomac River.
Maryland Transportation Authority
|The state rebid the cleaning and coating project after all bids in the first round exceeded the original estimate.|
The authority advertised the project for bids in February and received quotes from five contractors in March. However, the owner’s published estimate was $5 million to $10 million, and the low bidder, Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., submitted a price of about $10.4 million. The highest of the five bids exceeded $13.5 million.
Scope of Work
The scope of the contract remains the same, but the authority increased the cost estimate to its higher $10 million to $15 million tier.
The project includes recoating beam, girder, approach truss spans, and other structural components; sealing, caulking, and coating pack rusted tower connections; and spot-coating other steel impacted by the repairs.
The designated structural steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to SSPC-SP 10 (Near White) or power-tool cleaned to SSPC-SP 11 (Bare Metal) and recoated with MDSHA System C, which consists of an organic zinc-rich primer, an epoxy intermediate, and a urethane finish. The existing coatings may contain lead.
The project also includes applying a silane water repellent sealer to 27,500 square yards of concrete deck surfaces.
About the Bridge
President Franklin D. Roosevelt participated in the bridge’s groundbreaking in 1939, and the span opened a year later.
Originally known as the Potomac River Bridge, the bridge was renamed in 1967 for a former Maryland governor.
Although narrow (one 11-foot lane in each direction with no shoulders), steep (up to a 3.75 percent grade) and somewhat slow, with reduced speed limits, the two-lane toll bridge carries nearly 5.8 million vehicles each year. It is the southernmost crossing of the Potomac River.
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