Apparent low bid contractor named for St. Croix River bridge

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Ames/Lunda Joint Venture gets this initial nod for the St. Croix River span, but the contract actually will not be awarded until December.

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mjcmspNov. 1, 13 2:17 PM

The Golden Gate Bridge is not a cable stayed bridge, it is a suspension bridge. Two entirely different bridge types.

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K-LinoNov. 1, 13 2:41 PM

And what's the guaranteed life of the bridge? Would be interesting to know.

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rlwr51Nov. 1, 13 2:47 PM

Are the workers going to be local or imported? Where is this company based?

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joe_mnNov. 1, 13 3:06 PM

Wow, what will folks complain about after the bridge is done?

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brainerdguyNov. 1, 13 5:12 PM

"Apparent low bid contractor named for St. Croix River bridge"

I think I'll let YOU drive across it FIRST!!!

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edcommentNov. 1, 13 9:18 PM

Let's get some toll booths on this bridge. Let the people who use it pay for it. Could have had a more than adequate bridge for half the money.

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mdcastleNov. 1, 1310:56 PM

It's not like Mn/DOT and WisDOT send in a warranty card when the bridge is done, but major bridges built nowadays typically have a 100 year life expectancy. As for what to complain about next, maybe the proposed new MN 41 freeway bridge- current estimates are $400-$600 million, and of course Wisconsin doesn't pay 45% of that one. Or how about Oak Park Height's insistence that the traffic lights on MN 36 need to stay.

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Willy53Nov. 2, 13 9:04 AM

mdcastle, if the traffic lights on 36 don't stay half of the Stillwater business district will need to be relocated due to access ramps and ponds. This was the main objection to the gargantuan size of the new bridge and Senator Coleman's legislation that requires it to be freeway style and speed. Stillwater wouldn't support it if their business district as we know it was wiped out. Kind of seems counter productive to save downtown Stillwater while eliminating the business district, doesn't it? Lights are baked in the bridge agreement cake. Get used to it. It's the inherent contradiction in the freeway style bridge and Stillwater that can't ever be reconciled.

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Willy53Nov. 2, 13 9:10 AM

What? Did I just read that the cost of the bridge will be going up 100 million with the acceptance of the low bidder? MNDOT is happy with the price? Does that indicate a less than transparent and honest portrayal of the price to the public while the bridge was being debated and financed? That cost overun this early invites an investigation into MNDOT bridge cost estimates. Were they intentionally lowballed to help legislative approval and funding? I do not trust anything MNDOT or the City of Stillwater claims with regard to the cost projections and bidding process assoicated with this obscenely expensive crossing on a minor transportation corridor.

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Willy53Nov. 2, 13 9:14 AM

If you have been watching construction with the sheer number of boats and floating barges entering and leaving the water, do you think this project can be completed without a significant invasion of zebra muscles? That will be on top of the fact that the largest bed of natives mussells in America had to be moved to allow the added bridge piers that make this an extradose bridge in name only. The subterfuge and continued propoganda routinely and regularly released by MNDOT around the construction and building of this project is demeaning.

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