WARREN - A construction company from Youngstown has been picked by the state to replace the abandoned Olive Street bridge, closed nearly five years now due to decay and structural concerns.
AP O'Horo Company's winning bid is 14 percent below the estimated $4.25 million cost to replace the structure that joins Niles and McDonald over the Mahoning River.
The project includes realigning approaches to the bridge and filling in with earth some of the open space below it, which cuts down the actual span to 370 feet from 933 feet. Other work includes relocating utilities, drainage, grading, pavement markings and signs.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Ron Selak
The Olive Street Bridge that connects Niles and McDonald over the Mahoning River has been closed for more than four years. Now it is line for replacement.
The new bridge will have a life span of about 75 years.
Built in 1920, the bridge was closed in 2009 after inspections showed it was in poor condition. Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Kovacs said construction will begin in in the spring of 2014 and last about two years.
About $5.2 million to pay for the project is being provided from the Federal Highway Administration and a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for about $1.3 million, which provides for the local match.
The bid next closest to AP O'Horo was from another Youngstown company, Marucci and Gaffney Excavating, which proposed $3.76 million - about 11 percent less than the cost estimate. Four of the seven bids submitted were below the state's projected cost.
Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said he couldn't say why the replacement cost proposals were so far below estimates, but the situation ''couldn't be better.''
Once the project, fully funded with federal and state grants, is complete, the leftover money will be funneled back to the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to be dispersed next year toward other infrastructure-related projects in the two county area, Smith said.
Eastgate is a metropolitan planning agency for Trumbull and Mahoning counties. A committee of officials from both counties decide on the best projects for state and federal grant dollars.