Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Filter by Custom Post Type

Bids are in for Minnesota’s Most Expensive Public Works Project

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Minnesota’s expensive rail project is moving forward (and the MET Council’s Transportation Committee is breathing a sigh of relief).

According to the StarTribune, the Southwest light-rail line has received four bids ranging from $797 million to $1.08 billion. The next step is for the four groups to go through a comprehensive bid review process with the MET Council.

So who made the bids?

  • Ames Kraemer SWLRT Joint Venture at $797 million
  • Lunda/C.S. McCrossan, $808 million
  • Southwest Rail Constructors, $1.07 billion
  • Southwest Transit Constructors, $1.08 billion.

Challenges?

The complex build has a few obstacles to hurdle:

  1. This project involves 15 passenger stations, 29 bridges, modifications to existing bridges, construction of 8 tunnels, 117 retaining walls, and of course miles of track (14.5 mile line connecting Minneapolis and Eden Prairie).
  2. Labor shortage. We’re all very aware of a shortage of skilled workers and this could potentially put this project behind.
  3. Environmental concerns. A federal lawsuit ruling on a case brought by a Minneapolis nonprofit group will be ruled on in the fall.

 Construction is expected to begin early 2018, with service to start in 2021.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE JOBSITE NEWSLETTER

Catch up on important industry insights and best practices each week with the Jobsite newsletter.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

More to explore