Drilling for Woodrow

News AASHTO Journal April 03, 2001
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The Maryland Department of Transportation has announced the apparent low bidder on foundation work for the Woodrow Wilson Bridg

The Maryland Department of Transportation has announced the apparent low bidder on foundation work for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge reconstruction project is a non-union joint venture.


Tidewater Construction Corp./Kiewit Construction Co./Clarke Construction Group bid $125.4 million to drive steel piles and build concrete footings and pedestals for 17 piers. The rest of the 12-lane bridge will rest on those elements.


Work is expected to start in May and continue for two years. The ultimate completion for the new drawbridge is now slated for early 2007.


"The best of the bridge-building world competed for this much-anticipated contract, which guarantees the region's citizens will receive top value from the contractor," said Parker F. Williams, who heads MDOT's State Highway Administration. Five bids were submitted.


The bid award follows an executive order by President George W. Bush on Feb. 17 restricting the use of "project labor agreements" on federally funded projects. Such agreements, which require union-level pay scales and working conditions for all contractors on a project in exchange for no work stoppages, were originally planned by Maryland.

 


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