expected to let bids in September
to determine schedule for bridge closure
(July 2010) After a brief slowdown while funding
was being secured, the Milton-Madison Bridge Project has once again
kicked into high gear with the advertisement in June for contractors
to bid on the project. Bids are expected to be let in September, and
the design-build team awarded the project will announce at that time
the proposed schedule for construction. The team also will determine
the total closure time of the existing bridge and the startup of the
free ferry service while the new bridge is being built, according to
June: Project managers begin advertising for contractors
to design-build Milton Madison Bridge.
July: A pre-bid meeting for potential bidders
will be held in Madison. Meeting is mandatory for any prospective
August: Contractors will work on fine-tuning
details of their bids.
September: Project bids will be opened and
read in public at a bid letting. The contract will be awarded
to lowest cost proposal from qualified design-build team.
2011-September 2012: Contractor will announce
schedule for when bridge closes to traffic. Ferry service will
start at some point during this time. The contractor has 24 months
from time of contract for bridge to be re-opened for traffic.
Oct. 30, 2012: Bridge must be substantially
Dec. 31, 2012: Bridge project must be completely
The entire project must be completed by Dec. 31, 2012.
Originally, the proposed schedule called for a Feb. 2012 completion
date, but a small funding snafu pushed that date back six months.
We had initially hoped for $95 million in federal TIGER grant
money, said John Carr, project manager for lead consultant Wilbur
Smith Associates. We actually received $20 million, so the states
had to work together to find the remaining funds. It is estimated
the superstructure replacement proposal for the 89-year-old bridge will
cost a total of $131 million. Indiana and Kentucky agreed to split the
remaining cost for the project.
A battle in the Kentucky Legislature over budgeting issues for the state
also delayed the project. However, once the budget passed, Kentuckys
recently enacted highway plan allocated $6.95 million in the current
fiscal year to the Milton-Madison Bridge Project for right of way, and
$3.38 million for utilities. It also allocated $60 million for construction
for fiscal year 2011, said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson
Chuck Wolfe. All of that funding is federal bridge replacement
funding, he said.
Indianas share is being financed with traditional highway funds
beyond the TIGER grant, said Will Wingfield, Indiana Department of Transportation
Office of Communications spokesperson. Competitive contractor
bids will play a large role in determining the final cost of the Milton-Madison
Bridge Project, he said. Indiana is bidding out the construction
contract, and both states are splitting the costs equally.
In June, advertisements were placed in regional newspapers and on the
INDOT and KYTC, and project websites. Only qualified contractors
will be considered for the project, said Carr.
by Don Ward
Department of Transportation
Commissioner Michael B. Cline on
June 24 joins local officials from
Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky., to
announce the advertisement of the
design-build contract for a new
Milton-Madison Bridge. Below, Cline
awaits his turn to speak while
sitting between Milton Mayor
Denny Jackson (left) and Madison
Mayor Tim Armstrong.
Carr will soon hand off the leadership of the project
to Aaron Stover of Michael Baker Jr. Engineering during the construction
phase of the project. KYTCs project team will be led by Gary Valentine,
while Kevin Hetrick will be the project manager for INDOT.
During July, Milton-Madison Bridge Project officials will offer an opportunity
for potential bidders to get detailed information on the project prior
to submitting a proposal. Attendance at a pre-bid meeting is mandatory
for all prospective design-build teams. Design-build is an innovative
construction method that INDOT will use on the project.
It doesnt shorten any of the requirements or safety of the
project, said Carr. We combined some of the steps for the
project, and it has shortened the time prior to construction of the
In September, project bids will be opened and read in public at a September
bid letting. The bids will then be reviewed for feasibility and to make
sure they meet project requirements. The contract will be awarded to
the qualified design-build team with the lowest cost proposal that meets
all contract requirements.
The new bridge has to be opened for traffic within 24
months from time of contract, so that will put that particular deadline
at Sept. 2012, said Carr.
He also emphasized that complete bridge closure in which the ferry service
will operate to transport vehicles and people across the river is supposed
to take nine to 12 months. We will know more about the actual
construction schedule and when the bridge will be completely shut down
when we award the contract, he said. Our goal is to minimize
the time people use the ferry and get that bridge re-opened as soon
For more information, visit the projects
newly designed website at: www.MiltonMadisonBridge.com.
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