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$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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A $28 million contract for cleaning, painting and restoring a Pittsburgh bridge has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The project involves cleaning and recoating the Birmingham Bridge, a 2,747-foot-long steel tied arch bridge over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, PA.

Joseph B. Fay Co., of Pittsburgh, PA, submitted the winning bid of $28,488,960.23, beating out seven other wagers, with the highest bid being $38,675,300. The cost estimate for the project was $30-$35 million.

Scope of Work

The project involves cleaning and recoating the entire superstructure, and coating steel on the main arch (spans 1-12), the north approach (spans 13-19), ramp E (spans 1-7) and ramp F (spans 1-8) on the bridge.

Birmingham Bridge
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PennDOT awarded a $28 million contract to Joseph B. Fay Co. clean and paint the Birmingham Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA.

Steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to a Near-White (SSPC-SP 10) finish, tested for soluble salt with an as-needed chloride remediation, and recoated with three-coat organic zinc-epoxy-urethane system.

Containment according to SSPC-Guide 6 and waste disposal according to SSPC-Guide 7 are required as the existing coatings contain lead.

The project also entails zone-painting steel at the beam ends in span 11 with an epoxy coating. Arch suspender cables will be hand tool-cleaned (SSPC-SP 2) and coated with a high-build acrylic system.

The project also includes additional miscellaneous steel repairs.

About the Structure

Opened to traffic in 1977, the Birmingham Bridge replaced the South 22nd Street Bridge. During its construction, the bridge was called the Brady Street Bridge, but the state Senate passed a bill to change its name to Birmingham Bridge, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  

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Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Bridges; Contracts; Department of Transportation (DOT); Lead; North America; Paint BidTracker; Painting Contractors; Program/Project Management

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