With Amtrak steadfastly refusing to strip and paint the bridge, the state government has stepped in to commission a $331,000 makeover. Atsalis Brothers Painting is blasting off the peeling paint and putting down primer this week and next, and will repaint the bridge before the contract deadline of May 19, Verrangia said. Atsalis Brothers Painting got a $331,000 contract for the job, which requires nighttime construction to minimize traffic disruption on heavily-used New Britain Avenue. Among the other companies bidding for the work was Olympus Painting Contractors at $346,730, and P.S. Bruckel, which quoted a price of $648,650.