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Clinton company may have landed Hulton Bridge project

| Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
Courtesy of PennDOT
An artist's rendering of the new Hulton Bridge.

Brayman Construction Corp. of Clinton Township is the apparent lower bidder for the Hulton Bridge replacement project, a PennDOT spokesman said.

PennDOT could not immediately provide the bid amount Thursday and said the information would be released Friday.

The contract bid will not officially be awarded until the bid documents are reviewed for accuracy, spokesman Steve Cowan said.

That could take a few weeks, he said.

Bids for the estimated $80 million project were opened Thursday morning.

Brayman holds the contract for the overhaul of the revamped Freeport Bridge, which is scheduled to be completed in October.

Construction on the Hulton Bridge is slated to begin this fall and be completed in late 2015.

The 104-year-old, two-lane bridge spans about 1,500 feet across the Allegheny River, connecting Hulton Road in Oakmont and Freeport Road in Harmar.

The new four-lane Hulton Bridge will be located just upstream from the existing structure. It will have a handicapped-accessible walkway.

The project includes reconstruction of Second Street in Oakmont and new landscaping on the borough's side of the bridge.

It also will require demolition of six buildings on the Harmar side.

Unlike the existing bridge, there will be no overhead trusses on the new bridge.

The Hulton Bridge is one of the worst-rated bridges in Western Pennsylvania, with a sufficiency rating of 3 out of 100, but carries about 20,000 vehicles a day, PennDOT records show.

Traffic will continue to use the current bridge while the new span is built.

About 80 percent of the funding for the project is from the federal government.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 orjweigand@tribweb.com.

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