A state panel has canceled an 80 (m) million-dollar contract for a 17-hundred-foot-long freeway bridge - one of the largest structures of its type in the country - after builders expressed construction safety concerns.
The state Transportation Board agreed to end the contract with
Wisconsin-based Edward Kraemer & Sons. Governor Guinn, who chairs the panel, told the state Department of Transportation to quickly
line up a new contractor for the northern Nevada project.
The bridge will span Galena Creek - 300 feet below. It's one of
four bridges that are part of a freeway project between Carson City
and Reno. The state hopes to have the entire project done by 2009,
although the bridge already is more than a year behind schedule.
Kraemer & Sons completed most of the work on the other bridges,
and has been paid 46 (m) million dollars. But the company was
concerned that high winds could create problems in placement of an
arched steel truss across Galena Creek.