Aug. 14—The issue regarding the disrepair of Callow Road Bridge in Leroy Township will soon be addressed as the Lake County commissioners recently awarded a bid contract to Becdir Construction Co.
The firm, which primarily operates in bridge and tunnel rehabilitation and construction, in addition to general elevated highway work assignments, is based in Berlin Center, Ohio.
The project cost totals $1,047,890, officials noted.
The bridge — located about 0.3 miles south of state Route 86 — has been closed to all traffic since last spring.
As previous bidding rounds for the replacement of the 18-foot concrete-slab span over East Creek failed, Lake County Engineer Jim Gills had recommended the commissioners reauthorize bids, in accordance with plans and specifications, including plant fabrication, labor, equipment, supplies, and materials.
In June, the board promptly adopted a resolution approving a revised estimate of the project, including re-advertising.
"Realistically, this project is probably $500,000 more than it should be, but unfortunately this is a sign of the times," Gills said, addressing the board. "Today, you just can't put enough money into our estimates, we as engineers, to keep up with what's going on — all bidding at this particular time is a crapshoot.
"We have a price and we have a bridge that has closed," he added. "This is the second time we bid this....so we are going to move forward with what we have."
An initial estimate for the project was listed at $650,000, with the subsequent round increasing the cost to $700,000.
Moreover, the latest round, reflecting the re-bid, propelled the undertaking to a range from $820,000 to $990,000.
A recent inspection by Gills' office showed continued deterioration of the embankment and wingwalls in the southeast quadrant, requiring traffic to be diverted from the structure.
Motorists should continue to use Route 86 to Girdled Road as an alternate, Gills said.
The project is tentatively slated to start Sept. 6.