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Tue March 02, 2010 - Northeast Edition
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Reed & Reed has been selected as the design-build contractor to replace the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Construction is set to begin in May, and will look like this artist’s rendering when completed in December 2012.
Reed & Reed has been selected as the design-build contractor to replace the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Construction is set to begin in May, and will look like this artist’s rendering when completed in December 2012.

Reed & Reed Inc. has been selected as the design-build contractor for Maine’s largest transportation project this year, replacing the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. In a press conference held by both the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and Reed & Reed, MDOT Commissioner David Cole announced the selection of Reed & Reed as he signed the $63 million contract.

The Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects two of Maine’s largest cities, Portland with South Portland, carries more than 22,000 vehicles per day. Construction is set to begin in May 2010 with completion slated for December 2012.

“This bridge is a gateway to Maine’s largest metropolitan area, and is vital to move vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic safely and efficiently between the two cities,” said Cole. “Reed & Reed’s proposal addresses these needs and also is a fitting tribute to Maine’s many veterans who served their country.”

Reed & Reed was selected from three design-build proposals submitted. MaineDOT utilized a “best value” scoring process in its selection of the design-build team that takes into account the technical value of innovations and features of the design and construction concepts as well as the cost of the project. The Reed & Reed team was awarded the highest technical score and they submitted the lowest bid price of $63.1 million. The other teams submitting proposals included the Lane Construction Corporation/Figg Engineering with a bid of $68.4 million; and the Cianbro Corporation/Louis Berger with a bid of $69.6 million.

Jackson Parker, president & CEO of Reed & Reed commented, “We are pleased to be building this important bridge project and consider this award an honor, especially given the qualifications of our competitors. Our team worked hard to develop a number of innovative design concepts and the expertise that Reed & Reed brings to this project makes all of our employees very proud.”

Reed & Reed’s winning proposal incorporates a community-centered plan with significant public involvement and a design-build process, which allows for a faster construction schedule. Reed & Reed’s team includes Falmouth-based T.Y. Lin International as the team’s lead design and engineering firm; architectural firm SMRT for landscape design services; GZA GeoEnvironmental for geotechnical engineering services; and Barton & Gingold for the pre-construction public education process and ongoing communications throughout the project.

Cole said, “The department is very pleased with Reed & Reed’s proposal as it provides the things we were looking for in terms of innovation, traffic improvements, community outreach and aesthetics. They’re one of our top contractors and we are pleased to be working with Reed & Reed.

Reed & Reed has a long history of building many of Maine’s bridges, including the Casco Bay Bridge Approach Spans Substructure; the Brunswick-Topsham Bypass; and Maine’s award-winning Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

About Reed & Reed

Reed & Reed is one of Northern New England’s largest and most versatile general contractors building bridges, wind power projects, and other essential infrastructure. Founded in 1928 in Woolwich, Maine, by Captain Josiah W. Reed and his son Carlton Day Reed, the company has prospered under four generations of family leadership.

For more information, visit www.reed-reed.com.