Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Civil Rights

Committed to equality in transportation service

Transportation workers

Pilot projects

St. Croix Crossing project

The St. Croix Crossing project will replace the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge with a four-lane bridge that will connect expressways on both sides of the St. Croix River. It will provide a safer, more reliable river crossing. Visit the project website for more information.

Meeting handouts:

I-694 North Central Projects (I-694 / Hwy 10 / Snelling Ave interchange reconstruction)

The objective of this pilot project is to increase diverse workforce and small business opportunities by testing some new approaches to project delivery. To date, this project is exceeding both the minority and women workforce goals:

  • Minority participation = 12.7% (goal was 11%)
  • Women participation = 6.4% (goal was 6%)

To learn more, visit the project website or watch a video of the I-694 North Central Projects collaborative pilot project summary (WMV).

Meeting handouts from the kickoff meeting held June 14, 2011 at the Shoreview Community Center:

Dresbach Bridge project

Based on feedback from the October 2011 meet and greet in Rochester, Minn., and discussions with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Civil Rights staff, the following is currently being proposed for implementation of DBE and small business engagement on the Dresbach Bridge project. The project cost is estimated between $175 million to $225 million and is tentatively scheduled for letting on Sept. 7, 2012. The construction phase is anticipated to last from 2012 to 2016.

The scope of work includes:

  • Two new main Mississippi River bridges and seven other bridges
  • Significant roadway work on the Minnesota approach
  • Numerous retaining walls

Potential DBE involvement areas

Construction contract - mandatory subcontracting areas (work within the main contract that the prime contractor is required to subcontract):

  • Lighting
  • Public relations
  • New bridge #85027
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing

Other potential areas of involvement with the prime contractor could include:

  • Cast-in-place bridge construction
  • Structural steel bridge construction
  • Structural concrete placement
  • Dewatering
  • Retaining walls
  • Grading and base
  • Concrete paving
  • Concrete curbing/walks etc
  • Bituminous paving
  • Rebar placement
  • Storm sewer
  • Electrical
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Traffic control
  • Traffic engineering design
  • Environmental compliance management
  • SWPPP development
  • CPM scheduling
  • Removals
  • Pavement markings
  • Signing
  • Temporary shoring

Oversight consultant contract - potential mentor-protege area (area where the main consultant would be required to mandatorily subcontract to a small or DBE consultant while providing mentor-protege services for them as well):

  • OCR to review and make recommendations

I-35E Cayuga project

The Cayuga project is still in its infancy stage. The letting date will be November 2012. We just sent out a survey to DBEs to see what areas they may be interested in bidding. We are considering the option of mandatory subcontracts, but no decision has been made. Visit the project website for more information.