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Bids for most expensive public works project in Minnesota history opened

Staff Writer | August 16, 2017
It took just minutes to open four construction bids for the Southwest light-rail line, the most expensive public works project in state history.
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Transportation   The Southwest light-rail line
The bids submitted by four construction partnerships ranged from $797 million to $1.08 billion, but it’s unclear which group will prevail.

The Metropolitan Council, which will build and operate the $1.9 billion line, will decide this fall after staff scrutinizes each bid packet, Star Tribune reports.

Met Council officials won’t say whether the bid amounts submitted fit within budget projections for the 14.5-mile line between Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

But after the bid opening was delayed three times over the past six months, they were relieved Tuesday following the brief meeting.

“This is a big milestone,” said Mark Fuhrmann, Metro Transit’s deputy general manager.

The Southwest project is enormous, involving 15 passenger stations, 29 bridges, modifications to seven existing bridges, construction of two train and six pedestrian tunnels, 117 retaining walls, and laying miles of track.

The lowest bidder was Ames Kraemer SWLRT Joint Venture at $797 million, followed by Lunda/C.S. McCrossan, $808 million; Southwest Rail Constructors, $1.07 billion; and Southwest Transit Constructors, $1.08 billion.

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