Bridging Communities by Tony Hernandez

 In News, Newsletter: Summer '19

Two major projects started in Spring of 2019!

The first is a replacement of the 118-year-old N. Washington Street Bridge. J.F. White Contracting Co. is the general contractor, and Prime Coating will complete the painting for this $177 million project. The project is to be completed by August 2023, but the City has committed to pay $7.2 million as an incentive to complete the work six months early, and J.F. White faces fines of $40,000 for every day the project runs late.

Construction on the Chelsea Viaduct Bridge, which is a joint venture of Skanska, McCourt Construction, and L & L Painting, began the first week of April, and we currently have 14 members on site.

As a helpful notice to all Bridge Painting contractors: the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the National Water Resources Association require that 6.9% of work hours go to women workers. We have had experience with contractors that are not aware of these requirements in advance and have to scramble to meet the 6.9% threshold. If the requirement is not met, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may withhold payments. There are also opportunities that require workers to have United States citizenship, complete a background check and have a Coating Application Specialist (CAS) certification.

Wayne Cummings and the Training Department have gone to great lengths to ensure all members complete the exams to receive CAS level 2 and C-3 certifications. Members should be aware of these requirements and complete the exams! With more training, our members will have more work and greater opportunities.

All classes at the FTI of New England have been postponed until further notice.