MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has awarded Zenith Tech the contract to fix the sagging Leo Frigo Bridge.
The Waukesha-based firm had the low bid of around $7.7 million, beating out two other Wisconsin contractors for the job.
"By statute, we have to award it to the lowest responsible bidder and Zenith Tech is that," says DOT proposal management Chief Scott Lawry, who added that all three firms are trustworthy. "All three contractors, if they would've been the low bidder, I would have extreme confidence they could complete the contract. They're all reputable contractors in the state of Wisconsin."
The bridge, which carries I-43 over the Fox River, has been closed since September 25, when corrosion caused the dip in the roadway.
Work will begin Monday and is scheduled to be finished by January 17th.
Initially estimated to cost upwards of $50 million, the DOT says the total project should cost closer to $15 million.
Officials say ongoing stabilization work will cost around $1.6 million and the investigation should run around $1 million. The DOT says there could be other costs around $4.6 million, like traffic patrol and future preventative maintenance. Most of that should be paid for by the federal government.
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