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CULP 2009-022

Feb. 25, 2009



EIGHT COMPANIES BID ON ADVANCE MILLS BRIDGE PROJECT
Charlottesville-based Fielder’s Choice Enterprises, Inc. submits low bid of $1.93 million

CULPEPER – Eight construction companies bid on the contract to build the Advance Mills bridge in Albemarle County. The apparent low bidder was Fielder’s Choice Enterprises, Inc. of Charlottesville, which bid $1,934,457.50. The bids, which were opened Wednesday morning, ranged from $1.93 million to $2.42 million.

All eight bids will be reviewed by the Virginia Department of Transportation to ensure the low bidder is responsive to all aspects of the request for bids and that the firm is a responsible bidder. Responsive means the bid is complete and includes all bonds, declarations and other information required by state and federal law. Responsible means the firm is pre-qualified with VDOT and in good standing with the State Corporation Commission. The bids are also analyzed for conformance with the Engineer’s Estimate. This analysis may take several days.

Once the department decides that the above requirements have been met and has determined that the bid represents good value to the commonwealth, the bid will be presented for award to Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner David S. Ekern. If the contract is awarded as scheduled construction is expected to begin in April and the bridge should be finished and open to traffic in the late fall.

The project will build a new two-lane, steel truss bridge to span the North Fork Rivanna River on Route 743 at Advance Mills. The bridge will include a wide shoulder to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Improvements will be made to the roadway approaches on both sides of the bridge, including modifications to the intersection just east of the bridge to improve sight distances and safety for motorists. The roadway approaches will also be widened to match the increased width of the two-lane bridge.

The bridge will replace the current one-lane steel truss, timber deck structure that was closed in the spring of 2007 due to severe deterioration of the structural members that support the bridge. That bridge will be demolished and the new bridge will be built in the same location.

A complete list of bidders and their bid quotes will be posted Wednesday afternoon on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Web site, http://www.virginiadot.org/business/const/bidresults-list.asp. Click on the Feb. 25 bid date.

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