The proposed replacement bridge for the Broad Avenue bridge.
ALBANY A Tampa-based civil construction company is the apparent low-bidder for the Broad Avenue Bridge project, Georgia Department of Transportation officials said Friday.
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., of Tampa, offered to demolish and reconstruct the Broad Avenue Bridge for $11.8 million, when the bids were unsealed Friday in Atlanta.
GDOT won't officially award the bid for another two weeks, at which time they'll review PCL's bid package and those of other bidders.
Friday's announcement is the next step in dealing with the bridge, which was shutdown in 2009 by GDOT after divers discovered that chunks of the bridge's concrete footings had eroded away making the bridge unsafe for pedestrian or vehicular traffic, they say.
A group of bridge preservationists have emerged to challenge the city of Albany and GDOT's contentions on the bridge in hopes that the historic bridge can be saved and repurposed as a pedestrian bridge and park, similar to a project currently underway in Columbus.
According to their website, PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc., with two office locations in the United States.
The company's Civil Southeast office in Tampa, primarily serves the southeastern United States and performs more than $250 million worth of work annually.
While the company's main focus is bridge construction, it also handles projects ranging from highway work to airport construction.
The company currently has seven active bridge projects in locations ranging from New Haven, Conn., to Freeport, Texas.
PCL's bid came in higher than GDOT's latest cost estimates by roughly $2.3 million. Despite this, the state seems poised to continue on the with the project, which could begin its demolition phase early this summer.