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G.A. & F.C. Wagman low bidder to replace fire-damaged Route 22/322 bridge

By - Last modified: June 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM
The bid process to replace the Route 22/322 bridge is being expedited because it's an emergency, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said. Photo/Amy Spangler
The bid process to replace the Route 22/322 bridge is being expedited because it's an emergency, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said. Photo/Amy Spangler

York County-based G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. was the low bidder Monday when bids were opened for replacing the eastbound Route 22/322 bridge damaged in a tanker truck crash and fire last month, according to PennDOT.

G.A. & F.C. Wagman bid $3.3 million on the project to replace the entire bridge superstructure over Interstate 81 in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County. PennDOT said it will review the bid materials from the companies and make a final decision within the week.

Other bids on the project were:

J.D. Eckman Inc. of Chester County, $3.6 million.

Allan A. Myers of Montgomery County, $4.3 million.

Normally, bid packages would have taken much longer to work through because of the request-for-proposal process, but this is a different circumstance, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said.

"This is all being fast-tracked because it's an emergency," he said.

PennDOT still has to verify the accuracy and completeness of G.A. & F.C. Wagman's bid, he said.

Lancaster County-based High Industries Inc. is making the new beams for the bridge replacement because it made the original beams for the damaged bridge, which was built in 1977, Penny said. The company was given the beam contract last month to speed up the replacement process and have the bridge completed by November.

J.D. Eckman is the company replacing the bridge deck on the ramp from I-81 to Route 22/322, which is expected to reopen by September, Penny said. The company also is the general contractor on a bridge over Norfolk Southern rail lines in Cumberland County.

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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