Three years after the state of Connecticut failed to generate any bids on the nation’s first extradosed bridge project—a hybrid cable-stayed, box-girder structure—three firms now are competing for the superstructure work. The low bid is about $33 million below engineers’ estimate.
When bids were opened on June 3 for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, known as the Q bridge because it spans the Quinnipiac River, the joint venture of Walsh Construction Co., Sharon, Mass., and PCL Civil Constructors, Tampa, Fla., was the apparent low bidder at $417.2 million. Kiewit Construction Co., Woodcliff Lake, N.J., came in at $429.4 million and the joint venture of O&G Industries, Torrington, Conn., and Tutor Perini Corp., Sylmar, Calif., at $519.4 million. “We are very pleased and excited to get going,” says Brian Mercure, Connecticut Dept. of Transportation spokesman. It has 60 days to award the contract.