By Gary Lloyd
Bids were opened Tuesday for the construction of a bridge over the Cahaba River to link Hewitt-Trussville High School to the area where the future Hewitt-Trussville Stadium will be.
Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie was revealed as the low bidder for the project with a base bid of $3,281,445.13.
Opelika-based Scott Bridge Company came in with a base bid of $3,336,000 and a deduct of $7,500 for a total of 3,328,500. Wright Brothers Construction bid $3,418,536 with a deduct of $5,000 for a total of 3,413,536.
Trussville Mayor Gene Melton said engineers will now evaluate the bids. Construction wouldn’t begin until after the city receives a permit from the Corps of Engineers, he said.
The bridge, Melton said, can be built in a year and will cover three lanes and a pedestrian lane. It will be more than 300 feet in length.
“It’s wide,” Melton said.
Melton said he expects Husky Parkway and the bridge to be completed before the stadium is complete.
Melton said the main objective now is adding the bridge cost to the stadium project cost — between $14.6 million and $14.87 million, depending on alternates — in order to determine how much to possibly do a bond issue for. He said that funding could be determined in the next 45 days.
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