U.S. seeks maintenance bulkheads for construction at Olmsted Dam on Ohio River


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to fabricate auxiliary maintenance bulkheads at Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River in Kentucky. Bids are due Jan. 7, 2014.

Olmsted Dam is part of the Corps' Locks and Dam 52 and 53 Replacement Project, known as Olmsted Locks and Dam, under construction between Illinois and Kentucky about 17 miles upstream from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The Olmsted Locks and Dam project is to reduce tow and barge delays through the busiest stretch of river in America's inland waterways. 

The project received $2.8 billion in funding as part of legislation Oct. 16 that ended the federal government shutdown.  Although the Corps dam has no hydropower, American River Power II LLC holds a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit to study building a 63-MW hydro project at the site. 

The Corps' Louisville District requested information in November from firms capable and interested in fabricating auxiliary maintenance bulkheads for Olmsted in order to determine whether to set aside the proposed solicitation for small businesses. 

In an unrestricted solicitation, the district now seeks bids for the work, valued at $1 million to $5 million. It involves fabrication, painting, and delivery of seven 4-foot-tall, 14-foot-wide, 115-foot-long type C (56-foot head) bulkheads and three 4-foot-tall, 14-foot-wide, 115-foot-long type B (41-foot head) bulkheads.

A solicitation may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912QR14R0008 in the "Keyword/Solicitation #" box.

Bids are due Jan. 7. For information, contact Chris Brackett, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Room 821, Louisville, KY 40202-2230; (1) 502-315-6211; E-mail: christopher.t.brackett@usace.army.mil.

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