State rejects McCrossan’s MN 36 bid

Company’s protest of ruling not expected to delay project’s start

MnDOT has awarded the Minnesota 36 approach work for the St. Croix River Crossing project to another bidder after the state Office of Civil Rights rejected C.S. McCrossan’s low bid on the project.

The state agency determined that McCrossan did not make good faith efforts to obtain the participation of disadvantaged businesses. McCrossan was awarded the approach work in February after its $52.3 million bid was $6 million less than the next highest bidder.

McCrossan filed a protest on the rejection decision Monday with the Minnesota Department of Administration.

According to reports, a MnDOT spokeswoman said the agency selected the joint venture of Burnsville-based Ames Construction and Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, Wis., was been selected for the MN 36 approach project slated to start in the coming weeks. The contract has yet to be executed.

Ames/Lunda submitted a bid of $58.1 million and was able to achieve the goal of 16.7 percent for disadvantaged business participation. McCrossan reportedly had only 10.6 percent of participation.

The MN 36 reconstruction and realignment project is expected to stay on schedule despite McCrossan’s protest. Construction of the MN 36 appproach is expected to take two construction seasons to complete by fall 2014.