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MnDOT Releases Names of Bidders on St. Croix River Crossing Design, Peer Review

Among the name of engineering companies bidding on the design and peer review work for the St. Croix River Crossing is URS Corporation, the company linked to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge.

MnDOT has announced a list of bidders for design and peer review for the St. Croix River Crossing Project.

on March 26. The proposals were due by April 27.

Bidders for the Bridge Design:

Bidders for the Bridge Design Peer Review:

, which means department will put out RFPs for builders after the river crossing’s design is completed and reviewed.

URS Corporation was the engineering company linked to the I-35W Bridge collapse, according to this report by the Associated Press.

According to the AP report:

“A federal probe attributed the collapse to an original design flaw from the 1960s. URS was under contract to study the bridge before it fell.”

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The proposals will be judged using a “quality-based process,” according to this MPR report. Cost will reportedly not be part of the selection process.

The contracts for the design and peer review of the river crossing project are expected to be awarded this month.

Susan May 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Bob, I love the term gravity-challenged American, may I borrow it? Seriously though, I think you are right about the contract and the city. Regarding the aforementioned city council member, I must agree with Peggy Sue regarding his huge ego...I don't think that is discriminatory, only descriptively correct.
Shawn Hogendorf May 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Correct, Bob K. MnDOT will choose who gets the contract based on experience, personnel, quality management and project understanding. And if it were decided by a city council, which it's not, the bridge is in Oak Park Heights.
MrsPeel May 05, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It is a consistent pattern on these blogs. The people who are "against" anything are always "facftually challenged." To think that a particular city council has anything to do with contracts for bridges that are Federal/State projects shows a complete lack of understanding. Perhaps Flatiron does not currently have the capacity to bid on another project. Bridges spanning San Francisco Bay and bays in Florida are far longer than the bridge crossing the St. Croix. Again, just facts.
Jim May 05, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I find it interesting Flatiron isn't bidding because MnDOT was insistant on using Flatiron for the I35W bridge in Minneapolis. Something funny going on.
MrsPeel May 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
It was a bidding process on the I-35W bridge and Flatiron wasn't even the lowest bidder, but their experience with design//build was better than the other bidders. This bridge is using the design-bid-build process and Flatiron can bid on the construction phase of the project. Two different approaches entirely. Perhaps the tinfoil hat is not necessary?

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