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MnDOT names possible bridge builders

The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday released the names of the contractor teams that will be considered for the Highway 61 bridge replacement project.

The teams are Flatiron/Kiewit, Lunda/Ames, and PCL/Edward Kraemer and Sons.

MnDOT Project Manager Steve Kordosky said it's standard for contractors team up with one another and seek out other companies that may have different specialties. It's done in an attempt to form the strongest team possible, he said.

Denver-based Flatiron Construction Corporation is best known in Minnesota for its most recent work on the new I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. Omaha-based Kiewit has not done any transportation projects in Minnesota, but Kordosky said it's a well known company nationwide, and according to its website has built many bridges across North America.

Lunda Construction Company, based in Black River Falls, Wis., built the I-94 bridge over the St. Croix in Hudson, and the Wabasha Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Ames Construction Inc., and Lunda worked on the I-35W cross-town project, and Burnsville-based Ames built the first cable-supported pedestrian bridge in Minnesota, the Midtown Greenway cable bridge over Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis.

PCL Constructors Inc., who have offices across the U.S., haven't worked on any transportation projects in Minnesota before, but according to its website, the company has built more than 60 bridges in North America. Edward Kraemer and Sons, Inc. is based in Plain, Wis., and built the Hiawatha Bridge over Lake Street in Minneapolis and worked on the Highway 212 project in the west metro, among others.

MnDOT solicited what are called "statements of qualifications" from potential contractors and all of the companies were deemed to be qualified by MnDOT. They are the only three contractor teams that will be considered when MnDOT puts out the request for proposals for the bridge replacement project.