Dormant for decades, construction to replace the Congress Street bridge could commence late summer for the key artery connecting Downtown with the East Side.
The project was put out to bid April 26 with a return deadline slated for May 23.
Backed mostly by state and federal dollars the price tag to replace the drawbridge with a stationary passage is roughly $24 million, according to Finance Director Ken Flatto.
Congressman Jim Himes was instrumental in securing federal approval sign off of a less-costly fixed structure. He also shepherded the funds to remove the bridge closed in the 1990s in a stuck-open position.
The closed nexus derailed commerce and public safety response time. Fire Department headquarters is adjacent to the vacant bridge.
Bridge bid details:
The intent of the Invitation of Bid is to obtain construction costs for the reconstruction of the Congress Street bridge for the City of Bridgeport, Engineering Department, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 06604. One (1) Original, three (3) copies and (1) digital flash drive, sealed bids, will be received by the Department of Public Purchases, Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street, 2nd floor, Bridgeport, CT, until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2023, and then publicly opened.
Copies of the contract documents may be purchased from Technical Reproductions Inc. To obtain a bid package, contact Customer Service at the following location: 326 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851, or by phone at (203)849-9100, email email@example.com.
Sealed bids must be received and time-stamped by the Purchasing Department no later than 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
No bid received after bid-closing time will be considered.
To assure that your bid receives priority treatment within our mailing systems, please mark as follows:
Department of Public Purchases
Margaret E. Morton Government Center
999 Broad Street, 2nd floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604
ENB087235 – CONGRESS STREET BRIDGE REPLACEMENT