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News Release

May 13, 2009



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Mail Stop 150
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Design-builder for Saint Peter project announced


MANKATO, Minn. - Shafer Contracting, Co., Inc. of Shafer is the apparent best value design-build contractor for the $ 16.5 million project on Highway 169 in Saint Peter.


The reconstruction of Highway 169 in Saint Peter is the largest of Mn/DOT District 7’s projects funded with federal economic stimulus dollars and the first design-build project in south central Minnesota. Mn/DOT partnered with the city of Saint Peter to provided preliminary design and project requirements.


The construction, expected to begin in June, includes reconstruction, resurfacing, utilities, raised medians, landscaping and lighting through the downtown. The majority of the work should be completed by November.


Design-build is a contracting process that brings designers and contractors together early in the detail design portion of a project. Mn/DOT and the city of Saint Peter clearly defined the standards and general specifications they expect for this project, and the design-build team works together to satisfy those requirements.

Mn/DOT began using design-build in 1996 and constructed three projects using a low-bid approach. In 2001, Mn/DOT obtained legislative approval to use the design-build best value procurement process. Best-value procurement is a process that not only considers the price, but includes the contractors approach to completing the project.
Since 2002, Mn/DOT has awarded seven best value design-build projects totaling more than $860 million.

For more information on the Highway 169 project in Saint Peter go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/169stpeter/index.html





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