The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that Ames Construction from Burnsville, Minnesota, has been chosen as the lead contractor for the Winona Bridge project.
Ames is currently constructing the new I-90 interstate bridge at Dresbach and has been chosen, along with Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, to jointly work on the new Stillwater interstate bridge project.
Ames will be the first firm in Minnesota to use the Construction Manager General Contractor model which bypasses the bidding process.
The entire Winona project, which includes construction of a new bridge and rehabbing the existing bridge, is expected to cost between 150 and 175-million dollars and it is also expected to get underway as soon as next June.
MinnDOT is still in the property acquisition phase of the project and hopes to have initial offers to property in the bridges' right-of-way out by the end of this year.
Ames was chosen from a short list of four contractors who were invited to submit proposals for the Winona project. Lunda Constriction was also one of the four on the list.