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Contracts awarded for Hoan Bridge repair work

Edward Kraemer & Sons was the low bidder Tuesday for repair work to Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge. (Photo by John Krejci)

Edward Kraemer & Sons was awarded netting repair work for Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge. (Photo by John Krejci)

Hoan Bridge Under Deck Netting, B-40-400, I-794, Pavement Marking and Under Deck Netting (No. 20)

Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc. has been awarded a contract to install netting under the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee.

The Plain-based company submitted the low bid last week 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 begin in September and be completed by year end.

Small pieces of concrete began falling from the Hoan Bridge in June, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation 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.

The state also has awarded a contract to Graef-USA Inc., Milwaukee, to conduct “an in-depth engineering inspection” of the bridge, according to a release attributed to WisDOT. The inspection work will begin this week at a cost of $650,000 and will be completed by year end, according to the release.

“Our priority is to keep the Hoan Bridge structurally sound and safe for the traveling public,” according to a statement attributed to WisDOT Secretary Frank Busalacchi. “The department has an active process for maintenance and inspection of bridges.”

From 1996 to 2009, WisDOT conducted 11 formal inspections of the bridge, according to the release. The latest analysis – using thermo technology that detects temperature variances – was performed this year in order to prepare plans for a deck repair on the bridge, according to WisDOT.

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

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