by Andrew Martin
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The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is continuing work on the Route 100 alternate truck route. Work has been taking place on the bridge portion of the bypass project for the last several months, and VTrans is now in the process of selecting a bid for the second phase of the project, which involves the construction of the actual roadway that will be the alternate truck route.
The job to construct the roadway portion of the bypass project was first advertised in mid-February, and the bids for the job that were received were opened at VTrans on Friday, March 8. The bids will be analyzed in the coming week before being sent to the contract administration department at VTrans. One of the bids will be selected following those steps and the award letter will be sent to the winning bidder. While no bid has yet been selected it is believed that Winterset Inc., the Lyndonville-based construction company that is already building the bridge for the bypass, has submitted the low bid for the roadway project as well, with a bid of $10,068,085.46 beating out the six other bidders. The bids will be compared to make sure everything is in line, before the official announcement is made.
While officials at VTrans are selecting the winning bid for the roadway portion of the project, work is also continuing on the first phase of the bypass project. The workers from Winterset have continued to work throughout the winter and the foundation for the bridge is now complete.
“Right now we are working on the temporary shoring that is necessary for setting the structural steel when it arrives in the end of April or beginning of May,” explained the project’s resident engineer Robert Sukert. He went on to explain that once the structural steel has been set the next step will be the forming and pouring of the actual deck of the bridge. The building of the curbs and railings will be one of the final steps.
“We hope to have the bridge complete by October of this year,” stated Sukert. VTrans has stated that the entire bypass project must be completely finished by October of 2014.