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George Washington Bridge Repainting Out for Bid

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation and recoating of the underside and lower level of the George Washington Bridge located in New York City.

The structure was opened to traffic on the upper level in 1931 and the lower level in 1961, and reaches 4,760 feet between its anchorages.

The project is estimated to cost $150-200 million.

Bids are due Aug. 7.

Scope of Work

This project involves removal of lead paint, repainting and replacing the movable maintenance platforms for the remaining structural repairs to the underside and lower level supporting steel members. This project is part of a 10-year capital construction plan for the George Washington Bridge, which comprises a $1.9 billion investment across 11 state-of-good-repair projects that will maintain the structural health of the facility. This project will also address priority repairs and replace the travelers for ease of future inspections and maintenance, as well as maintain a state of good repair.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation and recoating of the underside and lower level of the George Washington Bridge located in New York City.

Steel surfaces will require surface preparation using one or more of the following: Hand-Tool Cleaning, Power-Tool Cleaning, White Metal Blast Cleaning, Commercial Cleaning, Brush-Off Blast Cleaning, abrasive blast-cleaning to Near White, or abrasive blast-cleaning to Bare Metal (SSPC-SP 2, SP 3, SP 5, SP 6, SP 7, SP 10 and SP 11).

Unless otherwise specified, steel will be abrasive blast-cleaned to Near White (SSPC-SP 10) using a production line shot and grit blast machine, or by air blasting. The contractor should use SSPC-VIS 1 to evaluate the degree of cleaning. Steel members will be coated with a zinc-rich coating system. This system is subject to change according to project requirements.

Aluminum surfaces will require solvent cleaning (SSPC-SP 1). Fasteners will require Solvent Cleaning (SSPC-SP 1) followed by Hand-Tool Cleaning (SSPC-SP 2) or Power-Tool Cleaning (SSPC-SP 3). Embedded items will receive either a water borne urethane primer and epoxy polyamide topcoat, a heavy-duty epoxy-polyamide self-priming system or an epoxy polyamide rust-inhibitive primer and epoxy polyamide enamel topcoat.

The owner-approved brand for the water borne system is Conlux, the owner-approved brand for the self-priming system is Sherwin-Williams and the owner-approved brand for the rust-inhibitive system is Benjamin Moore. These systems are subject to change according to project requirements.

Interested contractors must have a minimum of 10 years’ construction experience and must have completed at least three contracts of comparable size, type and complexity. The bidder must also have a minimum of 10 years of experience in coordinating work in an urban, high-volume area.

Existing coatings contain lead and asbestos. Containment is required.

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Editor's Note: Amended bidding date.