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Civil | MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – I35W CROSSTOWN/URBAN PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS Enabling Efficiency The I-35 W/H62 Crosstown project will help increase the level of safety. The Crosstown project is being built in the joint venture of three firms – Ames, Lunda and Shafer. « W MN/DOT HAS TWO PROJECTS THAT WILL HELP ELIMINATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. BY ALAN DORICH ith the fifth-largest highway system in the United States, the citizens of Minnesota need a transportation system that they can depend on to keep things flowing smoothly. And that is the goal of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). Based in St. Paul, Minn., Mn/DOT develops and implements the policies, plans and programs for highways, commercial waterways, public transit, aeronautics and motor carriers. “[Our mission is to] provide the highest-quality, dependable multimodal transportation system through ingenuity, integrity, alliance and accountability,” Director of Communications Kevin Gutknecht says. The Minnesota State Legislature created Mn/DOT in 1975, and it assumed the activities of the Departments of Aeronautics and Highways, as well as the transportation-related sections of the State Planning Agency and the Public Service Department. Today, the department “makes special efforts to consider the social, economic and environmental effects of its decisions and aggressively promotes the efficient use of energy resources for transportation purposes,” Mn/DOT explains. “It also maintains close working relationships with the many public and private individuals, groups and associates involved in transportation.” « Improving the Roadways The current primary mode of transportation in Minnesota is its highway system, Mn/DOT says. “Even though state highways and interstates only make up about 9 percent of the total statewide system mileage, they carry about 61 percent of the annual vehicle miles of travel,” the department states. MnDOT develops and Mn/DOT now is at work on two projects that are located in busy implements policies, plans and programs for highways, parts “of the highway system in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro commercial and public transit. area,” Gutknecht says. The first is the $250 million Interstate 35W (I35W)/Highway 62 Crosstown project, which is being built by a joint venture of three firms: Ames, Lunda and Shafer. According to Mn/DOT, the Crosstown project will help alleviate congestion in the I35W Crosstown Commons Area, which has high • Combined project budgets: $433 crash rates and requires drivers to weave million+ between lanes. Improvements will include • Location: Minneapolis and St. Paul, reconstructing the Commons Area and adding Minn. of a high-occupancy vehicle lane between 46th Street in Minneapolis and I494 in Richfield/ Bloomington, Minn. Additionally, Mn/DOT says the project includes the construction of a general-purpose –Kevin Gutknecht, director of communications lane on I35W between Highway 62 and 46th « Minnesota Department of Transportation “This agency is home to some of the brightest minds in transportation.” CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Special Focus
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
Q.B. Construction
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
REIG Capital
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
Profitable Contractor
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
S.T. Wooten
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
J.F. White
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Industry Trends
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Swinerton Builders
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Bird Construction
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Construction Coach
Polimeni International
Greenpark Homes
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Construction Law
Centerpoint Builders
Last Look: DANSY

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