C.S. McCrossan takes bid protest to Dayton’s staff

C.S. McCrossan Construction officials plan to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton’s staff Friday to discuss the company’s protest of MnDOT’s decision on a roadwork contract for the St. Croix Bridge project, according to the governor’s press secretary.

MnDOT staff chose low bidder McCrossan for the work in February. The company’s bid of $52.3 million also received the highest technical score for the Highway 36 construction, which is the first phase of major work on the St. Croix project. MnDOT later rejected the bid, saying the company didn’t make good faith efforts to meet the agency’s goal for hiring of minority and disadvantaged businesses.

McCrossan sent a letter requesting a meeting to discuss their concerns.

MnDOT selected Ames Construction of Burnsville and Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, Wis., for the project. Ames/Lunda’s bid of $58.1 million included plans to meet the project’s goal of 16.7 percent for disadvantaged business participation, higher than McCrossan’s 10.6 percent.

McCrossan filed a protest April 1st with the Department of Administration.

A spokesperson for MnDOT says the commissioner has the final say on the contract, regardless of any recommendations by the Department of Administration. He says MnDOT plans to remain on schedule.

Approach work on Highway 36 is expected to begin sometime this month and be completed by fall 2014.

  • Sam O

    Well now, their ‘s A lot that can be said about this situation , But the decision to terminate the bid for C.S. McCrossan was, I believe to be A good one , Because for to long the Big Boys, has play the game the way they really wanted to play, they make there mouth say one thing, And do just the opposite ,they say they make the good faith effort, when in fact they really don’t try ,And then go on to say they made. their minority participations, according to their project’s goals, And as A certified DBE when I check the charts, to see what happen, there minority participations consist of 96% white woman. So what do that spell ? Is white woman. the minority’s along