Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 8, 2014

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Hwy 5 Bridge project rescheduled for spring 2015

The solo bid for construction was rejected and the project will be re-let

ROSEVILLE, Minn – The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently announced it is re-opening the bid-letting process for contractors to provide estimates on re-decking the Hwy 5 Bridge in Minneapolis and St. Paul. MnDOT requested bids on the project earlier this year, and received only one bid. The bid was rejected because the cost was too high.

“The bid-letting process is designed to ensure that taxpayers get the best value for their dollars,” said Scott McBride, MnDOT Metro District Engineer. “The Hwy 5 Bridge project is unique in that only one contractor bid on the project. Since there weren’t any other bidders, we will re-let the project in the fall and begin construction next spring.”

The bridge that spans the Mississippi River supports more than 55,000 vehicles a day and hundreds of bicyclists and pedestrians. Initially scheduled to begin after Memorial Day, the two- year reconstruction project will be re-let in November 2014 and construction will begin 2015.

MnDOT engineers will analyze the scope of the proposed project before the agency re-opens the bidding process in the fall.

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