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Negotiations Over New Contractor for Willimansett Bridge Advance Following Court Ruling


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — The stalled project involving the Willimansett Bridge, linking Chicopee to Holyoke, may be one step closer to resuming.

In a statement released Friday, Rep. Joseph Wagner says that he was notified by MassDOT that the contract between Pihl Inc., the contractor originally chosen for the project, and the state was released out of bankruptcy court proceedings.

Pihl declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, and with the move, construction work ceased at the work site.

As part of the award for the project, Pihl was required to take out a bond with insurer AIG.

The move by the bankruptcy court this week means that AIG can now step in and work towards a resolution with the state over getting a new contractor on-site, so work can resume.

“This is certainly good news in terms of moving this project forward sooner rather than later. The state can now negotiate with AIG for the assignment of a new contractor for the Willimasett Bridge project,” Wagner explains.

An updated construction schedule will be released once a new contractor is selected.

The project had been slated to be complete by May 2014.

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