The city of Bethlehem will kick off the start of construction for the Hoover-Mason Trestle at SteelStacks in Bethlehem with a press conference today at 2 p.m.
Near the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, the $11 million project will link Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort Hotel with the city's Visitors Center by constructing and redeveloping a 2,000-foot elevated pedestrian walkway.
Boyle Construction Inc. of South Whitehall Township will manage the construction, while Wallace Roberts and Todd LLC of Philadelphia prepared plans and designs.
"We are actively going out to bid on the project," said Sean Boyle, president. "It's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime project, and we're honored to be a part of it."
Boyle said this morning that after landing the Levitt Pavilion project, then building the Visitors Center site, this is like "the icing on the cake."
He cited this project as one that's instrumental to keeping the redevelopment of South Bethlehem going.
Construction will start in a few weeks and be completed in phases, beginning with miscellaneous structural work and demolition and cleanup work. Crews also will begin reinforcing structural elements. Crane trucks will be visible by the beginning of the year, Boyle said.
The project includes almost 35,000 square feet of new walking surface along the entire length of the trestle as well as three entrances to the trestle. Boyle and the construction team will complete work by October 2014, but are working to have a portion of the trestle open to the public by August 2014 to provide Musikfest visitors and others an early view of the project.