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35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Formerly known as I-35W/Lake Street project

The 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project includes major reconstruction of I-35W from I-94 south to E 43rd Street. It also includes constructing a bus rapid transit station at Lake Street. The construction of the station adds a vertical element to the horizontal types of work typical in highway heavy construction and affords opportunity for a wider range of workers and contractors to participate.

Civil Rights Project Progress Report

MnDOT continues to work towards increasing opportunities for minority and women-owned small business inclusion and workforce diversity in highway construction contracts. The I-35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown is one project example that used the Best Value procurement method to score contractor proposals for various technical aspects on the project, including workforce diversity and inclusion and small business participation. This method made it possible for contractors to propose an equity plan to achieve workforce and small business goals for the project. This plan is now part of the Ames, Lunda, Shafer Joint Venture contract agreement.

The Office of Civil Rights maintains a monthly Project Progress Report to monitor the impact of this project on small business participation and workforce inclusion goals.

Contract Amount and DBE Commitment

Table: Contract Amount and BDE Commitment

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The total contract amount for this project is $239,530,270.31. Of this amount, $38,722,954.46 or 16.2% is committed to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). The remaining $200,807,335.42 is committed to the prime contractor and other non-DBE subcontractors.

Contract Dollars Paid to Date

Table: Contract Dollars Paid to Date

As of December 31, 2019, the total dollar amount of the contract paid to the prime contractor is $164,007,672.45. The prime contractor has paid $18,937,325.24 or 11.6% to DBEs.

Cumulative Payments to DBEs FY2018

Table: Cumulative Payments to DBEs FY2018

As of December 2019, the dollar amount paid to date to DBEs was $18,937,325.24 or 11.6%. As of December 2018, the dollar amount paid to date to DBEs was $8,176,518.67 or 8%.  As of December 2017, the dollar amount paid to date to DBEs was $167,833.07 or 2.1%.

Month Dec. 2017 Dec. 2018 Dec. 2019
Dollar Amount
(in millions)
0.17 8.2 18.9
Percentage 2.1 8.0 11.6

Workforce Percentages

Table: Workforce percentages

As of December 31, 2017, women had worked 4.99% and people of color had worked 22.4% of the hours on the project (click chart to expand)

The Workforce Percentages graph above illustrates trend of the percentage of hours worked on this project by women and people of color. The goals for this project are to achieve 6.9% of project hours worked by women and 32% worked by people of color. As of December 31, 2017, women had worked 4.99% and people of color had worked 22.4% of the hours on the project. As of December 31, 2018, women had worked 7.12% and people of color had worked 28.60% of the hours on the project. As of December 31, 2019, women had worked 7.84% and people of color had worked 28.81% of the hours on the project. For more information about workforce goals, please visit the Minnesota Regional goals webpage

Month 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19
Woman 4.99% 7.12% 7.84%
People of Color 22.4% 28.6% 28.8.8%

On-the-Job Training

Table: On the Job training hours Table: On-the-job training widthTable: On-the-job training

As of December 31, 2019, 122 trainees have worked a total of 91,989.25. Of those hours, 18,877 have been worked by trainees who graduated from a MnDOT-sponsored training program (click charts to expand)

The progress charts above illustrate the number of On-the-Job Training (OJT) trainees working on this project, the number of hours worked by those trainees, and the number of hours worked by trainees who graduated from a MnDOT-sponsored training program. The OJT goal for this project is 50 trainees and 75,000 hours, with 56,250 of those hours worked by MnDOT-sponsored training program graduates. As of December 31, 2019, 122 trainees have worked a total of 91,989.25. Of those hours, 18,877 have been worked by trainees who graduated from a MnDOT-sponsored training program. Please visit the On-the-Job Training webpage for more information about the On-the-Job Training Program.