Reed & Reed Awarded Contract to Rebuild Maine Bridge
For Immediate Release For More Information
February 10, 2010 Call: Art Cavanaugh
Woolwich, Maine 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 completed 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 David Cole,
MaineDOT Commissioner. “Reed & Reed’s proposal addresses these needs and is also 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.
Commissioner 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 to build a longstanding reputation as one of
Northern New England’s leading heavy contractors.
On the web at: www.reed-reed.com.