Project to repair landslide along Hwy 2 in Crookston set to begin next summer
BEMIDJI, Minn. – A project to stabilize the landslide area near Hwy 2 (West Sixth Street) in Crookston is slated to begin in the summer of 2014. The project area is located between Groveland Avenue and Pine Street.
“The slide is the result of a slope failure near the Hwy that’s caused by the nearby Red Lake River,” said Jim Bittmann, project manager. “It has not currently affected the safety of the road surface, but it has the potential to in the future.”
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is using the design-build process for this project. “A benefit with using the design-build method is that it streamlines the process,” explained Bittmann. “It allows the project to start much sooner than with design-bid-build method by bringing designers and contractors together earlier in the process.”
Design-build also allows for more flexibility and the opportunity to reduce overall costs. Five consultants are currently working to design their own fix within the parameters that MnDOT has defined for project success. The department will then select the consultant that provides the best overall value.
“By using consultants to help design the project they ultimately will construct, it allows for more efficiency throughout the process and possibly a solution that our engineers may not have thought of,” said Bittmann.
Details on this design-build project on Hwy 2 in Crookston can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/designbuild/hwy2crookston/index.html.
For information on the design-build process visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/designbuild/.