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Losing bidder for St. Croix Bridge road work seeks injunction to stop construction

C.S. McCrossan was the low bidder but lost the job because it didn’t meet MnDOT’s goal for using disadvantaged workers.

The C.S. McCrossan construction firm, which was low bidder for roadwork on the St. Croix Bridge construction project but then lost the job, has sued the state and wants construction stopped while the legal issues are worked out.

McCrossan lost the project because the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the company didn’t meet the goals for using minority and disadvantaged businesses. McCrossan’s bid was nearly $6 million lower than the eventual bid winner, Ames Construction and Lunda Construction.

The Ames/Lunda bid, although higher, met the MnDOT goal of 16.7 percent for disadvantaged business participation, while McCrossan called for 10.6 percent.

In the lawsuit, McCrossan claims that MnDOT’s action was unlawful and demands an immediate stop to the project, KSTP says.

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MnDOT would not comment on the lawsuit.