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.
MnDOT would not comment on the lawsuit.