Court of Appeals rejects legal maneuver on MnDOT project
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Court of Appeals today issued an order denying contractor requests to delay a construction project on I-35E in St. Paul.
Lunda/Shafer Joint Venture, et al., had asked for the delay as part of a request to the Court of Appeals to review the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s contractor selection for the project.
“We appreciate the court’s ruling,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “MnDOT is determined to deliver projects on time and within budget. A delay in this project would add significant cost. We stand by our contractor selection and the process, and Minnesotans can rest assured the process protects taxpayer interests.”
The project will rebuild more than four miles of I-35E northeast of downtown St. Paul, replace a number of bridges and add a MnPASS lane on I-35E. MnDOT awarded the $98 million design-build project to Ames Construction, Inc.