Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Design-build contracting

I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge
The I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge in Minneapolis was built using a design-build approach.

Design-build is a contracting process that brings designers and contractors together early in the detail design portion of a project. The owner clearly defines the standards and general specifications they expect for a project, and the design-build team works together to satisfy those requirements. MnDOT uses the flexibility design-build offers to maximize the value received per dollar spent in a variety of situations. Learn more about the program.