By Jon Cronin
After its construction site has lain dormant for three months, the Metro-Fresh Bridge deck project is seeing life again with a new contractor.
At a Community Board 5 meeting last week, Gary Giordano, the district manager, announced that the community might have a new contractor for the project after Mugrose Construction, Inc defaulted on its contract in late December.
Giordano said that he would not divulge the name of the new contractor until a contract is finalized. He believed that the insurer of the former contractor’s bond, Traveler’s—and not the city’s Department of Transportation—put the project out to bid.
Giordano said that Mugrose Construction Inc. put in a bid to return to the project and bid less than the contractor that was chosen.
On Monday, Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) wrote on his Facebook page that the DOT noted that “Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America will assume construction on the Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road Bridge over the Long Island Rail Road in Maspeth. Beaver Concrete Construction Company Inc. will serve as its contractor.”
The project, which Giordano said has been a source of aggravation for the community, began in July 2016. He added that the new contractor could be done by end of the year.
Vinnie Arcuri, the chairman of Community Board 5, said on Tuesday that the new company has already begun work.
The community is vocal about the bridge being a nightmare to navigate during rush hour, and shop owners around the project have noted that they are losing money as the project impedes customer traffic.
The purpose of the project is deck removal and replacement, the removal of the bridge’s top slab and replacement and rehabilitation of the superstructure steel framing.