TUSCUMBIA — A Tennessee firm has submitted the low bid to build the last of three sets of bridges on the Haleyville bypass.
Wright Brothers Construction Co., of Charleston, Tenn., submitted the low bid of $14.8 million to build bridges over Gas Branch on a relocated segment of Alabama 13.
Alabama Department of Transportation Preconstruction Engineer Allen Teague said the pair of bridges are the last of three sets on the northern most portion of the project.
The Haleyville bypass is a relocated segment of Alabama 13 that begins just north of Phil Campbell where the four-lane highway narrows to two lanes.
The new four-lane highway branches off to the east then reconnects to the existing highway near Delmar, south of Haleyville.
Teague said the company’s bid will now go through a review process that normally takes about six weeks to complete.
If the bid meets the state’s specifications, the transportation department will award the project and issue a notice allowing the contractor to proceed.
The contract calls for the project to be completed in 400 working days, according to bid information posted on the Transportation Department’s website.
Teague said a set of bridges that pass over the Norfolk-Southern Railway line are completed and the largest set of bridges crossing Bear Creek are 99 percent completed. The bridges over Gas Branch, a tributary of Bear Creek, lie between the other two sets of bridges, Teague said.
The bypass will be completed in three segments, Teague said.
The grade and drain portion has been completed between Spruce Pine and the Dime. The next two segments, from Dime to Alabama 195 and from Alabama 195 to Delmar are still in the planning stages, he said.
Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri said he’s excited about the latest project and the possibilities the bypass will open up for the city.
“It will be a tremendous asset to the city of Haleyville,” Sunseri said.
“Naturally, the transportation system is vital to our economic growth and development. This will open up some new opportunities for us that we haven’t had in the past for retail and industrial development.”
Dement Construction Co., of Jackson, Tenn., submitted a bid of $15.5 million while HRI Bridge Corp., of State College, Pa., submitted a bid of $15.8 million.
The state Department of Transportation estimated the project would cost about $18 million.
Russ Corey can be reached at 256-740-5738 or russ.corey@TimesDaily.com.