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PALM BEACH/WEST PALM BEACH - The Florida Department of Transportation awarded a $9.4 million emergency contract to Tampa-based contractor Archer Western Construction on Wednesday, April 24, to repair the Flagler Memorial Bridge.
Archer Western was the low bidder on the project to build a redundant foundation on the main piers of the 86-year-old bridge so it can remain open until the new $94.2 million replacement bridge is completed. The repairs are designed to prevent further settlement that has occurred since the construction on the replacement bridge began in September 2012. The only other bid was submitted by Cone & Graham Inc. of Tampa for $16.7 million.
FDOT is expected to issue the Notice to Proceed on May 6. Archer Western will have 30 days to procure materials and supplies and will begin construction by June 6. Road closures will be limited to 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize traffic disruption. The actual construction schedule will be determined at a pre-construction meeting.
The company will have 210 days to complete the repairs. To reduce the time of the repairs, the contract contains an incentive/disincentive clause. The contractor will receive an incentive of $15,000 a day, up to 45 days, for early completion. Conversely, a disincentive of $15,000 a day, up to 45 days, will be assessed if the contractor completes the project late.
Archer Western will coordinate its repair activities with PCL Civil Constructors, the contractor on the replacement bridge. PCL is responsible for the operation of the existing bridge for the duration of the project.
Currently, traffic over the bridge is limited due to its condition. One lane is open in each direction for passenger cars only; vehicles weighing more than five tons (larger than an average pickup truck) are not allowed over the bridge. When the repairs are completed, the bridge will have two lanes in each direction and there will be no weight restriction on trucks.
Completion of the replacement bridge is anticipated in early 2015.
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Archer Western built a $389.5 million I-4 bridge interchange in a joint venture with PCL Construction Enterprises Inc. Archer Western is a subsidiary of The Walsh Group, one of the nation’s 20 largest contractors, according to Engineering-News Record magazine.
Archer Western was the primary contractor on the $76.6 million Jensen Beach Causeway, which included the replacement of a drawbridge with a 65-foot-high fixed span. They also are the contractor for the $174 million Indian Street Bridge project that provided a second link between Stuart and Palm City.