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MDOT opens contractor bids; contractors visit the future
bridge site

June 26, 2001 - The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) opened bids for what is officially known as Federal Aid Project BRDP-9205-00(003)/100332, "Construction of the main span of the new Mississippi River Bridge on US Highway 82 between Washington County, Mississippi and Chicot County, Arkansas."

As part of the bidding process, contractors visited the future bridge site in May of 2001.
The opening of sealed bids is the culmination of a two month bidding process, which included two meetings with contractors and an official visit to the future bridge site on Thursday, May 17, 2001 (pictured).

The choice of contractors will also determine the final specifications of the bridge. Two sets of plans were prepared when the bridge was designed, one for an all-concrete bridge, the other for a concrete bridge with steel deck members. Contractors will bid on the design they feel is the most economical, and MDOT will choose a contractor based on the lowest offered bid price for construction.

MDOT will review contractor bids to ensure all qualifications are met and will announce the low bidder later in the week. A more detailed review of bids will follow, and MDOT will select a contractor for the bridge. This final selection will likely be announced in late July of 2001.