Victoria Sheehan, commissioner of the Department of Transportation, is recommending the project be awarded to Concord contractor E. D. Swett, the lowest bidder, according to her memo to the Executive Council. Sheehan wrote that both bridges span the Route 1 Bypass, one at Woodbury Avenue and the other at Stark Street.
The Stark Street bridge connects Dennett Street to New Franklin School and was repaired
in 2012. Sheehan reported the two bridges were constructed about 1940 “and are in need of replacement.”
The bridges would be closed during construction and completion date is currently cited as Nov. 15, 2019.
The project also includes road reconstruction along the Route 1 Bypass, beginning .8 miles north of the traffic circle and extending north to the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. The road work would include reconstruction of Submarine Way, formerly known as the Albacore Connector, which connects the Bypass to Market Street.
“Submarine Way ownership will be transferred to the City of Portsmouth upon completion of construction,” state records note.
The project also includes sign replacements along the Route 1 Bypass, from Greenleaf Avenue to Submarine Way, according to Sheehan’s memo. She noted Swett’s bid was the lowest of four for the project, is 1.9 percent over the DOT’s estimate, but “reasonable for the work involved.” Re-advertising would likely result in higher bids and delayed work, she wrote.
“The department considers it to be in the best interest of the state to accept this bid to accomplish these needed repairs,” Sheehan recommended.
Funding for the bridges replacement and road work would come from 80 percent federal funds, with a 20 percent match, according to the DOT. Turnpike toll credit would be used for the state portion of funding which is described by Sheehan as “effectively using 100 percent federal funds.”
E. D. Swett was the contractor for the replacement
of the Maplewood Avenue bridge over the Route 1 Bypass, which was closed in July 2014, then reopened with a new bridge 16 months later.
PORTSMOUTH -- The governor’s Executive Council on Wednesday is expected to approve a $7.9 million contract to replace two red-listed Portsmouth bridges and reconstruct area roads, including Submarine Way which will be deeded to the city when complete.