Dayton rethinks his doubts about URS

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2012 - 10:42 PM

I-35W bridge consultant is seeking Southwest Corridor contract. Noting concerns, governor said he will consider URS' experience.

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mn2niceMay. 22, 1210:45 PM

Unless the company is willing to put forth a bond to take responsibility for any design errors with the Southwest Transitway LRT, I would have deep reservations in allowing them to bid on the project. There are many more companies with an equal amount of experience building light rail projects around the country, and I would look at them first before I would consider URS. Siemens, for one, which also makes light rail rolling stock in Sacramento, CA is a worldwide expert in light rail and high speed rail. A German company also makes the best automatic track laying machinery in the world. Eisenbahndienstfahrzeuge makes the stuff and it is very interesting to watch on YouTube.

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vampress_meMay. 22, 1211:19 PM

"That company's founder, Kathy Tunheim, serves as Dayton's senior adviser on job creation" Conflict of interest? What conflict of interest? -said as she transfers money from one hand to the other....

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southsucksMay. 22, 1211:29 PM

Unbelievable. I still can't figure out why we aren't hiring Minnesota companies. Why do the profits from these state contracts always seem to go to California? Let's keep the wealth in Minnesota and out of the hands of this irresponsible company.

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rshacklefordMay. 23, 1212:23 AM

"The company that was the consultant on the I-35W bridge when it collapsed will soon meet with Gov. Mark Dayton as it pursues additional state contracts." ---- I just hope URS doesn't bring Roger Goodell with them. Dayton would once again be starstruck into making a stupid decision.

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cosmomplsMay. 23, 1212:30 AM

Funny how the contracts go to California. Just like the new billion dollar wilfare stadium money will probably end up going to California anyway.

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ma66May. 23, 12 5:58 AM

URS Corp is unfit to have a state contract of any type. Kathy Tunheim should resign!

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kingtutskyMay. 23, 12 6:20 AM

The real story here is that Dayton is still trying to build the SW Corridor light rail line. I have a better ides- let's borrow the $800 million and then just throw it out the window? At least that way, someone will benefit from the expenditure.

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texas_technomanMay. 23, 12 6:56 AM

Interesting, we need a bridge contractor...we look west to California. When California awarded the bid to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge....they looked west as well, to China....and that has turned into a boondoggle. Behind schedule, and over budget. There are probably a few other companies around, other than URS, that should be approached to see if they are interested.

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mrnice50May. 23, 12 6:59 AM

Why build the Southwest Corridor LT?????

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refurnishMay. 23, 12 7:00 AM

"URS has hired Tunheim Partners to assist with corporate communications for the company. That company's founder, Kathy Tunheim, serves as Dayton's senior adviser on job creation." This stinks. This conflict and this means of doing business should rule out URS ! If they had ethics they would withdraw from consideration, but then again, we are talking millions and millions of dollars.

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