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Company picked to repair LI bridge roadways

Six of Long Island's more deteriorated bridges will get a face-lift now that a Farmingdale construction company has won a contract for the work.

The state awarded Posillico Civil Inc. a $24.2 million contract to replace six bridge decks over key Long Island roadways. Work will start on the first of the six, a Hempstead Turnpike bridge over a Belmont Park access road, later this month, officials said.

News of the contract came from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who posted on his website the results of the competitive bid process showing Posillico secured the work July 27. The contract runs through the end of next year.

It is by far the biggest of the five for Long Island made under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's NY Works program, which he unveiled April 3, aimed at creating jobs. A Cuomo spokesman said Friday the project is estimated to create more than 330 jobs, based on projections from the governor's budget office.

The contract to repair the bridge decks -- among them three Long Island Expressway overpasses -- was awarded under the design-build method, which the state is using for the first time in an effort to speed contract approval.

Design-build contractors submit proposals to design and construct the bridge at the same time, with state Department of Transportation engineers determining the "best value" bid, based 60 percent on cost and 40 percent on a technical score. That score comprises factors such as companies' technical expertise, the schedule they propose for the work, and their work history.

Posillico will partner with design consultant Greenman-Pedersen Inc. of Babylon for the work. A state Department of Transportation Web page shows other bidders shortlisted were Freeport-based Peter Scalamandre & Sons Inc., El Sol Contracting of Maspeth, and Kiska Construction of Long Island City.

The contract caps off a fruitful July for Posillico, which also won two other state DOT contracts totaling another $5.1 million.

6 bridges being replaced

The six bridge decks to be replaced are:

Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24) over the vehicle-pedestrian access road to Belmont Park in Nassau. Work will begin this month and is expected to be completed by year's end;

Great Neck Road over Route 27 / Sunrise Highway in Babylon Town. Work is to begin this fall and be completed next summer;

Pinelawn Road over the LIE in Melville. Work is to begin next month and be completed by early next summer;

Robert Moses Causeway over Ocean Parkway in Islip. Work is to begin after Labor Day and be completed next spring;

Ronkonkoma Avenue overpass above the LIE in Holtsville. Work is to begin next spring and be completed by the end of next year;

Waverly Avenue overpass above the LIE just east of Exit 62 in Medford. Work is to start next June and finish by year's end.

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