Portage County commissioners recently awarded a $755,912 contract for the rehabilitation of the portion of West Main Street Bridge over the CSX Railroad in Kent.
Portage County Engineer Michael Marozzi said the contract went to U.I.C. General Contractors in Ashtabula. He said several of the bids came in under the engineer's estimate of $800,000. Marozzi said the contractor is anxious to start work and should begin designing the superstructure soon.
The work includes designing and constructing a new span over the railroad, patching of the concrete abutments, matching the existing roadway and resurfacing Main Street from S.R. 43 to Franklin Avenue.
The County Engineer's Office obtained federal local bridge replacement funds through the County Engineer's Association of Ohio to help offset the cost of the project by 95 percent. The local share cost for this project will be funded out of the engineer's regular budget of motor vehicle license fees and gas tax.
The West Main Street bridge will be closed for about 75 days for the construction.
Portage County Engineer's employees and Osborne Engineering will be performing the construction contract administration, inspection, and materials management.
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