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Bridge being built (circa 1940)

3.5 million price tag on bridge work


The Alabama Department of Transportation is preparing to start a painting and rehabilitation project on the Benjamin Fitzpatrick Bridge. 

In addition to painting, the bridge will undergo maintenance designed to extend the life of the bridge, including applying a layer of sealant to the concrete bridge deck. 

Other work will include new fence, removing and repairing areas of concrete, and performing minor repairs to steel, expansion joints and bearings.

The project is expected to begin in early 2023 after the contractor has procured necessary materials.  The project is expected to last approximately 18 months. 

ALDOT is working with the contractor in order to have a minimum impact on the traveling public. 

ALDOT awarded the project to Omega Coatings and Construction, LLC, out of Tarpon Springs, Fla., who had the lowest bid that met project requirements, at a cost of approximately $3.5 million.

Bridge repairs in the late 1970s