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Construction firm files protest in MN over losing St. Croix River bridge project


HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - A construction firm has filed a protest with Minnesota officials, after it lost a contract to build a connection to the new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River near Hudson.

C.S. McCrossan was the apparent low-bidder to build an approach to the new bridge on Highway 36 on the Minnesota side. But the Minnesota DOT’s Civil Rights Office threw out the bid, saying the company did not try hard enough to use disadvantaged businesses as subcontractors.

McCrossan filed a protest this week, saying it’s a responsible bidder and it deserves the contract. The firm said it offered $6 million less than the new winners of the contract – a joint venture that includes Lunda Construction of Black River Falls.

The DOT expects the project to stay on schedule, in spite of the protest. The Highway 36 approach is scheduled to be completed by next fall, and the new bridge itself is due to open in 2016.