Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 4, 2016

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MnDOT Winona Bridge project web page to answer questions on existing bridge, costs

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Winona Bridge Project Team has established an area on its project website devoted to information about the work on the existing bridge and how the cost overrun estimates occurred, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The area, located on the existing project page, is at www.dot.state.mn.us/winonabridge/work-package5-costs.html. It begins with a letter from Terry Ward, MnDOT’s project manager for the Winona Bridge Project, outlining the issues and goals.

Ward said it’s an opportunity for Winona residents and others interested in the project to take a look at the full process and learn how MnDOT and its partners develop, refine and work on a project.

“We’ll cover many of the bigger questions that we’ve heard from people, but also want this to be interactive,” said Ward.

Recently, Ward announced that the project is estimated to be $30 million over budget and that MnDOT and its partners are hitting the “pause button.” The overall project cost overrun came into sharp focus based on the results of a 90 percent cost estimating phase for Work Package #5, which is the rehabilitation of the existing bridge. This estimate was the first time MnDOT had obtained actual price quotes from subcontractors and suppliers.

The establishment of this area on the project website allows for further explanation of how the process works and how costs are developed in a complex project such as the Winona Bridge project.

In the coming days and weeks, the site will include articles on the following:

  • Winona Bridge Project budget history and budget performance to date.
  • The Project Planning, Scoping, Preliminary Design, and Final Design phases of project delivery, in relation to budgeting and cost.
  • The Preliminary and Final Design scopes of work and budget for the existing bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction, including the $30 million overall project cost growth, including how and why this occurred.
  • Why Construction Manager General Contractor procurement was chosen for the Winona Bridge Project and how the cost estimating works within CMGC.
  • Interactions with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and our historical partners on the project.
  • Possible options moving forward.

“I encourage everyone to submit topic areas or questions you would like our team to answer and post to this website,” said Ward.

Topic areas or questions may be submitted to the MnDOT team to answer and post to this website using the form found here: www.dot.state.mn.us/winonabridge/commentsform.html

Additionally, people who have signed up for emails from the Winona Bridge Project site will receive alerts as information is added. Individuals can visit the website and sign up for the email function, if they aren’t currently enrolled in it.

Follow construction progress on the project website at www.mndot.gov/winonabridge, by signing up for periodic email updates, or by visiting the project Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WinonaBridge.

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