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Continued: I-35W bridge: Big job, tight schedule, tough competition

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 3, 2007 - 10:50 PM

FLATIRON CONSTRUCTORS INC. AND JOHNSON BROS.

Flatiron touts extensive experience constructing major bridges in North America in its fact sheet. It highlighted the accelerated schedule project to design and build twin Interstate 10 bridges over Escambia Bay in Florida, after damage from Hurricane Ivan. The company also has done work on the Oakland Bay Bridge in California and other bridges nationwide.

Its partner, Johnson Bros., lists on its fact sheet bridges including the Hennepin Avenue Suspension, 3rd Avenue and Stone Arch.

The companies are partnering with Figg Bridge Engineers.

WALSH CONSTRUCTION CO. AND AMERICAN BRIDGE

Walsh is part of the Walsh Group, a 103-year-old company. On its fact sheet, it says it has been ranked as the nation's 18th-largest contractor and second-largest bridge contractor. It operates in 37 states. It highlights some of its larger projects, such as the reconstruction of Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway and the emergency reconstruction of the Bay St. Louis Bridge in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Its partner, American Bridge, is 107 years old and a specialist in complex bridge construction, according to the fact sheet. It says it has undertaken bridge projects in all states and has worked in Europe and South America.

The companies are partnering with PB Americas Inc. as their lead designer.

Staff writer Patrick Kennedy and researcher John Wareham contributed to this report.

Pam Louwagie • plouwagie@startribune.com

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