In early March 2017, the City of Covington began the engineering design for the rehabilitation of the west 29th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch. During inspection by engineering consultant T. Baker Smith, LLC, the existing bridge was determined to need load restrictions based on the condition of the bridge. Since March 31, 2017, the bridge has been posted at a 3 ton limit to restrict heavy vehicle traffic on the structure.
Project plans were completed in September 2017 with bids received from contractors on October 12, 2017. The low bidder was Stranco, LLC, with a bid amount of $276,668.15. The rehabilitation project includes the removal of the existing bridge deck and substructure of the bridge. The contractor will install concrete bent caps, timber pilings, timber bulkhead, guardrails, and perform associated utility relocations.
The contractor has been issued a Notice to Proceed with construction to begin Monday, January 29, 2018, which is expected to take 90 days. While no delays are anticipated for construction, rainfall and the Mile Branch’s water levels may impact the duration of work. The contractor will establish detour signage and routing prior to bridge closure.
“We continue to invest in improving our roadway and bridge infrastructure for the safety and convenience of our citizens. It was important to keep the affected section of West 29th Avenue open until the contractor was ready to begin work.
We know the public will be inconvenienced while this busy roadway is closed and as that our citizens plan for alternate routes when traveling in this area,” Mayor Mike Cooper. For additional information contact:
Daniel Hill, PE, City Engineer
Phone 985-892-1811 ext. 721 eMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org