Repairs to Sabo bridge draw $750,000 no-bid contract

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 11:31 PM

Hennepin County approved the no-bid arrangement with the firm investigating what had gone wrong.

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dvsdan123Sep. 11, 12 9:06 PM

I bet it ends up being us taxpayers who pay for the repair. Any takers?

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JimmahSep. 11, 12 9:10 PM

There should be NO question who pays....divide it up between designers and builders, with city/state/county paying zero percent.

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ranger78Sep. 11, 12 9:12 PM

How can the County justify a no bid contract in this economy? One, there are multiple firms who would be willing to bid. Two, there is nothing like hungry firms to drive down the cost. Simply amazing.

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steveminneSep. 11, 12 9:12 PM

I agree that expeditious is the best way to go. I expect either insurance or the original contractor will be on the hook for this one.

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IamyadaSep. 11, 12 9:26 PM

I am shocked to think that the taxpayers would be responsible for a repair for a failure that was most obviously caused by a design flaw. All types of stresses should have been investigated and incorporated into the original design. The professional engineer that was licensed to approve the design should be held accountable for the error in his/her calculations.

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whatzitSep. 11, 1211:54 PM

are people beginning to see why TOP down is not a good management or government style, Incredible!

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jbpaperSep. 12, 12 5:51 AM

$1.3 million to analyze/replace some connections on a bridge that cost $5.5 million to build. Just glad things don't work like this in the private sector. I would hate to spend $45,000 replacing the doors on my 200,000 house.

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furguson11Sep. 12, 12 6:14 AM

"the bridge had not been designed to withstand even light winds, causing fatigue in the cable connector plates." So I wonder how many engineers looked at the plans before the bridge went up and what other bridges they worked on? Bet no one got fired for this.

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minneg56Sep. 12, 12 6:55 AM

I don't think M. O. Sabo would be proud. I don't care who gets the work or that it was a no bid contract. I like riding my bike over the bridge and I should be able to do so without a second thought! Fix the damn bridge and bring the designers and construction company to the table to pay for the repairs and upgrades. They must have errors and omissions insurance ... and they omitted considering wind as a factor in its design. After yesterday's strong winds I'm glad I wasn't on the bridge! But again- should one even have to consider safety when crossing a relatively new bridge?

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ontheroadagnSep. 12, 12 7:40 AM

hennipen county has its finger on the pulse of the taxpayer at all times, you have nothing to worry about

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