Central Corridor construction costs lower than expected

Bids for building the Minneapolis portion of the Central Corridor light rail system have come in below expectations because of the tough climate for construction companies.

The Pioneer Press reports that the lowest bid for the Minneapolis portion is $12 million under budget, and the bids for the St. Paul section were $6.9 million lower than expected.

Still, the official budget for the project is $957 million.

The paper says the Met Council is expected today to approve the “$113.8 million bid from a partnership between Ames Construction and C.S. McCrossan, for the Minneapolis portion of the proposed 11-mile line, would include building four stations, linking the Central Corridor to the existing Hiawatha line in downtown Minneapolis, strengthening the Washington Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River and laying tracks for the three westernmost miles of the line, including the portion through the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus.”

The other bidders for that portion were: PCL Construction Services at $117.6 million, Graham Construction at $122.3 million, Granite Construction Co. at $127.2 million and Walsh at $130.8 million.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/25/2010 - 12:26 pm.

    This shows a reason for more stimulus spending on infrastructure right now. Thanks to the bad economy that makes stimulus necessary, construction costs have been low for those projects government have been able to put out for bidding. When these projects need to be done even if the economy were great, like Central Corridor, it means long-term savings for governments.

  2. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 05:32 pm.

    Whooo Hooo! A oess than 2% decrease!!!!! Time to buy a few more decorative trash cans and fountains for the city!!!!

    Igbuess we have gotten the point of questioning why we are spending $1B that WE DO NOT HAVE????????

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