Five bids were opened Wednesday by Gasparilla Island Bridge authority ranging from $17.9 million to $24.2 million.
The Swing Bridge construction bids received in order of lowest to highest:
GLF Construction Corp. of Miami, $17,874,503;
Orion Marine Construction of Tampa, $18,755,840;
Superior Construction Co. of Gary, Ind., $20,069,044;
American Bridge Co. of Tampa District, $20,402,701.90; and
What: GIBA Board meeting
When: 1:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Boca Grande Community Center Woman's Club Room
Why: Bridge replacement project
Who: Open to the public
Bridge construction keys
Prime contractor: Orion Marine Construction of Tampa
Start: Construction began March 12 on Center and South fixer bridges
South Bridge completion: March 2013
Center Bridge completion: December 2013
Swing Bridge completion: January 2016
GIBA ad valorem milestones
April 25: Decided specific terms of property tax to be placed on ballot
July 9: File ballot language with county
Oct. 1: Toll increases to $6 per vehicle
Oct. 19: Official public notice of referendum
Nov. 6: Election Day
PCL Construction of Denver, $24,234,334.
Bid totals do not include the required $2 million contingency fund.
Bids are being reviewed by the GIBA Selection Committee and will be discussed in detail at the Friday, Nov. 2 board meeting.
Two bids were received for construction engineering and inspection Services from Aim Engineering and Surveying and KCCS Inc.
GIBA also reported Wednesday on Day 241 of the 637-day project that Orion Marine Construction crews remain on target and the tri-bridge project is now 36 percent complete.
The finish date for the new South Bridge remains March 2013, completion for the 800-foot-long Center Bridge remains December 2013 and the Swing Bridge should be done by January 2016.
The north end roadway of the South Bridge should be done by Nov. 1. Orion's road crews will then begin work on the mechanically stabilized earth concrete wall on the south side.
South Bridge progress notes
Final of five piling pier caps to be installed this week.
Deck slabs to be set in November along with underwater "marine mattress" shore protection.
Center Bridge progress notes
Last of five caps to done. Caps rest on columns to provide structural support for four beams that support the Center Bridge deck. Each Center Bridge cap is custom designed. Caps are 37 feet long, 6 feet tall and 5 feet deep.
Final height above water equals 26 feet.
All Center Bridge primary structural support areas - footings, columns, and caps - will be complete by Oct. 31.
All sub-structure complete: concrete pilings (land and water) for both bridges all now fully set.