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I-35W bridge likely to be ready before trial starts

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — The new Interstate 35W bridge will probably be finished before a lawsuit over the bidding process behind it goes to trial in December.

Two construction executives are suing the Department of Transportation because they allege it ignored its own rules in giving the job to Flatiron Constructors of Colorado.

Flatiron submitted the highest bid and tied for the longest timetable, but it’s now on pace to finish the bridge three months early.

Plaintiffs attorney Dean Thomson filed addition information in the case on Thursday.

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He says if he wins and the court declares the bidding process illegal, the state could pay up to $50 million less than the bridge’s current $234 million price tag.

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