Kraemer & Sons to begin netting work on Hoan Bridge, expect lane closures
Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc. will begin installation of plastic netting under the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee later this week. The project is expected to force lane closures over the 2.5-mile span through October, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The Plain-based company submitted the low bid recently for installation of netting over the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Jones Island treatment plant. As part of the contract, Kraemer & Sons also will repair netting over the Summerfest grounds.
Kraemer & Sons’ $1.8 million bid was nearly $800,000 lower than that of the other bidder, Zenith Tech Inc., Waukesha. Work is expected to be completed by year end.
Small pieces of concrete began falling from the Hoan Bridge in June, according to a WisDOT official. The deterioration prompted a plan to hang netting over Jones Island.
The new net will stretch from the southern end of the Jones Island treatment plant to the Milwaukee harbor inlet north of the plant, Paul Trombino, WisDOT division operations director, said.
Bids will be let out in September for deck repairs to the Hoan with work scheduled to begin in October, according to WisDOT. While the potholes are fixed, Graef-USA, which was hired as part of a master contract with WisDOT, will conduct its engineering inspection.
The deck repairs are expected to be completed in 2011 at a cost of $12 million to $17 million, according to the plan outlined by WisDOT.
The Hoan opened in 1977 and carries about 43,000 vehicles per day.
- Joe Yovino