An Ohio contractor has been awarded a $1.3 million contract to finish painting the Singing Bridge, according to the state Transportation Cabinet.
Adelphi Inc., doing business as G Force Contracting, won the contract with a low bid of around $1.3 million, about 25 percent less than the engineer’s estimate of $1.7 million.
The Transportation Cabinet announced the award today.
“We look forward to completion of this project, which will help preserve and protect one of Frankfort’s most popular landmarks,” cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said in a statement.
The bridge, opened in 1894, has stood half-painted since November 2010, when the Transportation Cabinet terminated a contract with Eagle Painting, of Lansing, Ill., because of lengthy delays.
Adelphi, of Campbell, Ohio, can choose when to begin painting the bridge, but the project must be complete either within 140 days of the start date or by Nov. 15.
Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe said Adelphi must hold a pre-construction meeting before setting a start date.
Eagle Painting closed the bridge April 13 and was contracted to paint it battleship gray by Aug. 31.
But the bridge didn’t reopen – except briefly during the Alltec FEI World Equestrian Games – until November, when the state terminated Eagle Painting’s contract.
Eagle Painting was paid $371,000 for work completed on the bridge. The full contract would’ve been worth $2.7 million.
The state penalized Eagle Painting $117,600 for failing to complete the project and removed the company’s certification as a pre-qualified contractor for at least three years, Wolfe said after the state shuttered the job in November 2010.
Other bids received for the Singing Bridge project include:
>Troy Painting Inc., of Lowellville, Ohio, $1.9 million
>Panther Industrial Painting, of Mishawaka, Ind., $2 million
>Intech Contracting, of Lexington, $2.3 million
>Spartan Contracting, of Campbell, Ohio, $2.4 million
>Atlas Painting and Sheeting Corp, of Amherst, N.Y., $2.8 million
>Abhe & Svoboda Inc., of Prior Lake, Minn., $4.4 million.