While waiting for the final permits to be approved for the Highway 43 bridge project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin bid-letting on May 1st for the first of five construction contracts.
Project Manager Terry Ward said the first contract is for the procurement of 42-inch diameter pilings for the new bridge.
Ward said a second contract to be let on May 15th is for construction of access points to the new bridge locations on both sides of the river.
A third contract will be to actually start building the substructure for the new bridge.
Under the new "contract manager general contractor" method, the general contractor for the entire two-bridge project, Ames Construction, will oversee all five of the contracts. They have already aided MnDOT in securing cost estimates allowing the entire project to move faster to its projected 2019 finish with less red tape.