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Bridge project bid awarded
MEXICO/DIXFIELD- The Maine Department of Transportation has awarded the bid for the replacement bridge connecting Mexico to Dixfield to Alvin J. Coleman & Son, Inc. of Conway, NH.
According to the company website, they have been involved in heavy earth construction on every scale imaginable. Jobs have ranged from residential water systems to large commercial box store site development, as well as NH Department of Transportation projects that have included bridge repair and replacement and highway upgrades.
The bridge alone was bid at $1,866,145.39 and with highway and sewer work, the total winning bid by Coleman was $2,812,122.13.
Scott Bickford, Contracts & Specifications Engineer for the MDOT stated, “It's hard to say at this point when the project will get underway. My guess is that any work this winter will be minimal and won't have a large impact on traffic. Once spring hits and the frost is out of the ground, I would anticipate the contractor working with a full crew.”
Dixfield's share of the construction costs will be $80,700 for the new sewer main pipe that is in need of replacement as the bridge is constructed. At this time, town selectmen are reviewing finance options with the Department of Environmental Protection Agency.
With the loan through the DEP, the town must first show ownership of the pipe. This has been an issue, since the Mexico Sewer District is technically the owner. There have been meetings with the MSD to find a way to move forward.
Since the bridge is a state project the town of Mexico has is not indebted to the replacement bridge nor will their taxes be impacted by the improvements. However, there will be a major rebuild of approximately 400 feet of Leavitt Street, noted John Madigan, Mexico Town Manager. Which will save the town a great deal of money.
The estimated date for completion of the new bridge is September 2012.