URS, under fire for 35W bridge, is up for light-rail contract

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE and MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 16, 2012 - 10:24 PM

The engineering firm paid $52.4 million to settle a suit arising from the collapse of the I-35W bridge.

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erikj3Mar. 16, 1211:28 PM

Choosing URS at this point would be a very bad idea. Give another company a chance.

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turgidMar. 16, 1211:41 PM

U R Serious?

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asmithe2Mar. 17, 1212:31 AM

Not to scare anyone, but they are already involved in the proposed sulfide mining operation on the edge of the boundary waters. I'm sure we can trust them to keep the resulting sulfuric acid out of our lakes? Right? I mean, how incompetent can one company be?

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hobie2Mar. 17, 1212:54 AM

Well, as long as the transit people don't put eight choo choo trains on top of each other all in one spot on one rail, we shouldn't have an I 35 problem - and as long as we don't hire another engineering firm who finds a failed rail under that load causes a transit failure, like they found the "bad" gusset under 350 tons of sand and a 5 ton loader above it on one side of a truss bridge built to fail at 150 tons in one spot, twisting it as well as loading it - it should be just fine... Besides, what's to engineer? - it's a choo choo -19th century technology.

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tokyosueMar. 17, 12 2:04 AM

I am aghast! If I were a family member of one of the victims of the 35W collapse, I would be outraged! How many millions of our taxpayer dollars is this contract worth? And we might give it to this company???

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alanam8Mar. 17, 12 4:20 AM

How can this story fail to mention that URS was also the designer of the Sabo Bridge that recently failed. And, I might mention, a bridge that was designed and built as part of the Hiawatha light rail project. So when URS's spokesman claims that the company has "unparalleled experience ... in designing mass transit projects around the country," excuse me for being less than enthusiastic. Bluntly put, whether you agree or disagree with the SW rail line, I think anybody rational can agree that URS and its sorry record in Minnesota has no business receiving a $100 million contract to be a part of it. Pick someone else.

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samiamMar. 17, 12 5:40 AM

The article dosent mention that this company also designed the failed Sabo bridge. if you look at their website they are really a mega Halliburton like company with their fingers in everything related to government money.

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marv62Mar. 17, 12 5:59 AM

URS should be banned from work in the state of Minnesota period.

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aurorasMar. 17, 12 6:48 AM

I am sure there must be better options than using this company.

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justhavetoMar. 17, 12 7:22 AM

Seriously? We would allow taxpayer money to go to a firm that is responsible for the Sabo bridge? What did that last? 4 years before there were issues? Who is getting the kick back at Met Council for this decision? There has GOT to be a better choice than URS for this project!

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