Orange barrels on a highway
2011 Minnesota State Shutdown
MnDOT Suspension of Work
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The Minnesota State Government shutdown
in 2011 presented a unique challenge to


Orange barrels on a highway
Safety was first priority.

In 2011 MnDOT's Office of Construction and Innovative Contracting (OCIC) developed and implemented a plan to deal with the safety, contractual and material issues affecting active road and bridge contracts before, during and after a state goverment shutdown.


OCIC staff planned, coordinated and implemented a process to effect a safe and rapid shutdown and resumption of projects in cooperation with contractors and other stakeholders.


Lessons Learned

The links at right provide a chronlogy of the shutdown and resumption of State and Federal construction projects from the perspective of contract administration.


Some of the documents below have attachments. These attachments appear as links at the bottom of the email).

  1. Potential Temporary Suspension Letters to Contractors (Jun. 18, 2011).
  2. Guidance on Potential Suspension of Projects (Jun. 17, 2011).
  3. Contractor Correspondence (Jun. 21, 2011).
  4. Clarification on what Constitutes "Request for Adjustment" (Jul. 21, 2011).
  5. Shutdown: Subcontractors Can't Make it Back (Aug. 1, 2011).
  6. FHWA Equipment Rental Rate (Aug. 17, 2011).
  7. Shutdown: 8-18-11 Update, Idle Equipment
  8. Traffic Control Compensation for Extended Contract Time (Oct. 13, 2011).
  9. Home Office Overhead - Canadian Model (Dec. 9, 2011)
  10. Shutdown: 1-25-12 Update, Home Office Overhead (Canadian Method and Special Consideration for Subcontractors)
  11. Shutdown: 6-19-12 Update, Idle Equipment More Than 20 Years Old
  12. Project Restart Meeting Agenda (Jul. 19, 2011)
  13. August 2012 Presentation to AASHTO, S.F. CA