FORT WAYNE – Construction on the South Anthony Boulevard bridge is expected to begin this fall and be completed next spring, county officials said Friday.
The Allen County commissioners awarded a $1.8 million contract to Primco Inc., 7107 Smith Road, to replace the bridge. The company was the lowest of four bids, county Highway Department Director Bill Hartman said.
The bridge must be replaced because of deterioration. Officials put a weight limit of 12 tons on the bridge last year, forcing trucks and buses to go around.
Replacing the structure will require everyone to go around – the entire bridge will have to be closed during construction, forcing a detour on one of the citys major north-south routes. Other bids included R.L. McCoy Inc., at $1.9 million; Pioneer Associates at $2.2 million; and Anlaan Corp. at $2.3 million. An early engineering estimate was about $2.3 million.
In two other road projects, the county partnered with Whitley County in funding and pursuing federal aid.
Commissioner Nelson Peters commended Hartman for working with Whitley County officials.
The first will involve the resurfacing of West County Line Road from U.S. 24 to Bass Road, which is scheduled to be completed this summer, Hartman said.
Whitley County will pay for about 33 percent of the estimated $400,000 project, and Allen County will fund the rest.
The second joint project involves the reconstruction of the intersections of Whitley County Roads 800 East and 900 South and Liberty Mills Road. The $2.2 million project is 80 percent funded by federal money, so Whitley County will pay $101,000 and Allen County will pay $341,000. That project is expected to be completed in 2016, Hartman said.
Commissioner Therese Brown said the intersections are necessary for future growth. Theres a lot of traffic at these intersections, Brown said. Im glad to see these get done.