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MBTA Contract No. K78CN06, South Coast Rail, New Bedford Pedestrian Bridge



Electronic proposals for the following project will be received through the internet using Bid Express until the date and time stated below and will be posted on forthwith after the bid submission deadline. No paper copies of bids will be accepted. Bidders must have a valid digital ID issued by the Authority in order to bid on projects. Bidders need to apply for a digital ID with Bid Express at least 14 days prior to a scheduled bid opening date.

Electronic bids for MBTA Contract No. K78CN06, South Coast Rail, New Bedford Pedestrian Bridge in New Bedford, Massachusetts, (CLASS 4A – STEEL SUPERSTRUCTURE PROJECT VALUE $23,000,000) can be submitted at until two o’clock (2:00 p.m.) on December 1, 2022. Immediately thereafter, in a designated room, the Bids will be opened and read publicly.

Work consists of the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over MassDOT State Highway Route 18. The new pedestrian bridge will provide an ADA compliant pedestrian path of travel from Purchase Street to the west of Route 18 to Acushnet Avenue to the East of Route 18 in New Bedford. The proposed pedestrian bridge over Route 18 will be an approximate 240-foot single span, tied arch bridge. The bridge will span between two piers, one on the west end within the Route 18 right of way and one on the east end within the Acushnet Avenue right of way. The approach connection from Purchase Street to the bridge will be via a pedestrian approach plaza supported by cast in place retaining walls tied into the west pier within the Route 18 right of way. The approach plaza will consist of a combination of sloped walkways and stairs with lighting and other pedestrian accommodations included. The approach connection from Acushnet Avenue to the bridge will be via a stair and two-cab elevator system will be constructed to provide vertical transport from the bridge elevation to the ground elevation at the New Bedford Ferry and MBTA station lot. Temporary support shoring and falsework will be required to construct the span while minimizing disruption to traffic along Route 18 and Acushnet Avenue.

Bidders attention is directed to Appendix 1, Notice of Requirement for Affirmative Action to Insure Equal Employment Opportunity; and to Appendix 2, Supplemental Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action Program in the specifications. While there is no DBE goal associated with this contract, the Authority strongly encourages the use of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises as prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all of its contracting opportunities.

On behalf of the MBTA, thank you for your time and interest in responding to this Notice to Bidders.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Steve Poftak
MBTA General Manager

October 19, 2022