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35W Bridge Construction Three Months Ahead of Schedule

The Star Tribune reported that the new 35W bridge crossing the Mississippi could be completed by September, three months ahead of the December deadline.
According to the Bemidji Pioneer, the bridge is 65 percent complete and crews could begin hanging concrete sections as soon as May 14, three months earlier than planned.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s contract with construction company Flatiron includes a $200,000 a day bonus for each day that the bridge is finished before the Dec. 24 deadline, up to 100 days. That works out to an extra $20 million for the builders, paid for with federal funds.
Sept. 15 is 100 days early and Flatiron project manager “fully intends to make that? (Star Tribune).
But MnDOT is not so sure. “We are certainly ahead of schedule, there's no question about that, but there's still a lot of work to be done,? MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht said. “MnDOT's not at a point where it's ready to say ‘yeah, we're going to get done way early.’?