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News Release
August 11, 2010




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Highway 14 reconstruction project in Rochester postponed to 2011


ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Highway 14 beltline reconstruction project through Rochester, from Highway 52 to Marion Road, has been postponed until 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Phase one of the two-construction-season project was scheduled to begin Aug. 30, 2010, but only one $6 million bid was submitted and it was higher than the amount budgeted for the project. The project, which is to be paid for by MnDOT and the city of Rochester, was originally estimated at $4.7 million; MnDOT’s share $3.2 million and the cities share $1.5 million. The single bid was submitted by Rochester Sand and Gravel, a division of Mathy Construction.


The project will now be bid as a one-construction-season project.


“This is a long-awaited project, so we were concerned about not awarding it and beginning this fall,” MnDOT District 6 District Engineer, Nelrae Succio said. “However, after talking with the city and county officials, it was determined that motorists would benefit by being impacted only one construction season versus two.”


The new contract bid letting is scheduled for winter 2010 with construction tentatively scheduled for spring or summer of 2011.


By letting the project in the winter, rather than in the summer, MnDOT anticipates competitive bids from additional contractors. In addition MnDOT expects to have fewer projects next summer and hopes that this will also create more bid competition.


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