VERONA ISLAND — Although a formal contract has yet to be awarded, the low bidder for the demolition of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge has been named.
S&R Corp. of Lowell, Mass., bid $5,347,230 for the work, which entails all aspects of the demolition work on the 81-year-old suspension bridge.
The next lowest bid came from Cianbro Corp., which bid $5,669,236 ($322,006, or 6 percent, higher than S&R’s bid).
The bid will be awarded as soon as S&R completes the necessary paperwork, according to Doug Coombs, project manager with the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT).
The project was originally estimated to cost $7.6 million, but Coombs said that figure included all engineering costs. About $6 million was set aside for the actual demolition, and Coombs said bids for that work ranged from S&R’s $5.3 million to a bid of $9.3 million from Massachusetts-based NASDI, LLC.
Six companies submitted bids. The only other Maine firm to vie for the project was Reed & Reed out of Woolwich, which bid $7.1 million.
Eighty percent of the project will be paid for with federal funds, while the state will pick up the tab for the remaining 20 percent.
Work is set to begin in October, though Coombs said the company will likely do some prep work, such as putting crane pads in place, prior to that. He said travelers may notice more activity on the Verona Island side of the bridge.
The bridge will be taken apart in the opposite order from which it was built: the road deck will be removed first, then the cables and finally the towers.
Work will continue through the winter months, Coombs said, though any adverse weather conditions (high winds or heavy snow, for example) could cause work stoppages.