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Broad Avenue Bridge demolition contract awarded

Albany city commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to continue with plans to demolish and replace the Broad Avenue Bridge in downtown Albany.

Albany city commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to continue with plans to demolish and replace the Broad Avenue Bridge in downtown Albany.

— A Tampa, Fla., company has officially been awarded the contract to demolish and rebuild the Broad Avenue Bridge, Georgia DOT officials say.

PCL Civil Constructors Inc., of Tampa, have been awarded the $11.8 million bid for the bridge, officials say.

The bridge 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.

As previously reported in The Herald, 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.

Comments

Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

$11.8m for a bridge to nowhere.

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Jacob 2 years, 5 months ago

They should let that contract that built the federal courthouse tear it down. They did a hella job building a disposable 10 million dollar sieve.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with Cartman.....why not just blow that crap up, and live with the remaining bridges.?? Waste of money....

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

When they build the new bridge, we can go down Broad Ave and tour the old radiator shop site that cost the city $900k. It can be part of the downtown tour. Seriously. What money, industry, or jobs have been lost during the period that the bridge has been shut down? I haven't noticed a difference, since we do have a bridge one block away. Did we just have an extra $11.8m laying around?

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darnette0101 2 years, 5 months ago

We may not have lost money or businesses, but traffic is the worst. With just the one bridge it takes almost twice as long just to get on the other side of town.

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Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

Are you serious? At what time of day is the Oglethorpe bridge, with its beautiful archway, ever so crowded that it "doubles" the cross town travel time?

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spookj6 2 years, 5 months ago

For some reason it's a waste of money to repair a bridge to the other side of Albany, but it's a good idea or investment to build a road to Lee County. Real don't make sense.

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