|For Immediate Release
November 2, 2011
Bill Boynton, NHDOT Public Information Officer – (603) 271-6495
Nina Fisher, MaineDOT – (207) 624-3558
Ted Talbot, MaineDOT Public Information – (207) 624-3030
|Contract To Be Awarded on Memorial Bridge
Rehabilitation Slated for Sarah Mildred Long Bridge
Concord, NH and Augusta, ME – With the concurrence of Maine officials, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is issuing a Notice of Intent to Award the Memorial Bridge replacement contract to the design-build team of Archer Western Contractors (AWC) of Chicago, Illinois and Canton, Massachusetts and HNTB Corporation of Westbrook, Maine. The contract price is approximately $81.4 million. Including inspection, design and procurement work, the total cost of the project is expected to remain under the $90 million budget.
The AWC/HNTB team was designated as the apparent successful bidder on October 13, 2011, after price proposals were opened and technical scores were made public. NHDOT used a "Best Value" procurement process that considered the overall technical merit of the bridge replacement concepts, proposed construction schedules, and price. Based upon the schedule submitted by Archer Western, the new bridge is to be open for motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic in July 2013.
"We got the best technical proposal, the quickest completion date, and a price that was within budget," said NH Department of Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement. "New Hampshire and Maine both recognize the importance to the citizens of both states toward getting a new bridge built and opened as soon as possible."
According to the interstate project agreement signed by the DOT Commissioners of both states in March of this year after years of study and negotiation, the states agreed on a long-term plan to address all three Portsmouth-Kittery Bridges. According to the agreement, New Hampshire DOT (NHDOT) is the lead agency for the Memorial Bridge project and Maine DOT is the lead agency for the design and rehabilitation of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge (Long Bridge). The existing Interstate Bridge Authority will also be revitalized to coordinate the needs and operations of all three bridges moving forward, which includes the I-95 High Level Bridge.
"Awarding the Memorial Bridge project is the first step forward in addressing the needs of these three bridges", said MaineDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt. "As area residents know, it was a long, hard road for both states to come together and decide how to move forward together given funding constraints and other needs in both states."
According to the proposed contract, AWC will provide a shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists once they take the existing Memorial Bridge out of service. The shuttle service is anticipated to pick up and drop off in the vicinity of Memorial Park in Portsmouth and Badger Island in Kittery. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is currently prohibited from the other Portsmouth-Kittery bridges as they were not built to safely accommodate this traffic.
Moving forward with the three bridge plan, with the concurrence of NHDOT, MaineDOT recently awarded an engineering design contract of almost $6 million to the engineering firm of HNTB for the Long Bridge project. If extraordinary funding is secured as hoped, MaineDOT is expected to advertise for bids for the Long Bridge work in the spring of 2014 – soon after the Memorial Bridge reopens – and the work would be completed in 2017.