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The job to fix a span over the Minnesota River comes as the parent firm has had multiple large contracts canceled.
Award: I-494 bridge repair
Value: $62 million
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Client: Minnesota DOT
Tutor Perini subsidiary Lunda Construction has won a $62 million interstate bridge repair contract to shore up the 43-year-old I-494 crossing over the Minnesota River in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to a news release.
The Minnesota DOT tapped Lunda for pavement repair on I-494; reconstruction of a regional trail; replacement of bridge joints; repair of the bridge deck, beam ends and railings; reconstruction of bearings; replacement of highway lighting; and repair and replacement of drainage systems.
Black River Falls, Wisconsin-based Lunda was founded in 1938. It experienced significant growth starting in 1956 with the launch of the Interstate Highway Program. Today, it specializes in bridge, railroad and industrial projects.
The firm was acquired in 2011 by Los Angeles-based Tutor Perini, one of the 20 largest contractors in the country. In 2020, the City of Minneapolis picked the firm for its $50 million 10th Avenue Historic Bridge rehabilitation project.
Tutor Perini has experienced several challenges recently.
Owners scrapped several projects in the past year that Tutor Perini had won, including the AirTrain at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, which had ballooned more than five times its initial price tag to $2.4 billion, and the Capital Beltway widening project in the Washington, D.C., area, which had long been the subject of environmental lawsuits.
In addition, a recent Construction Dive Investigation revealed the firm had the most OSHA safety violations of any large contractor in the past decade.
The I-494 bridge project is slated to begin immediately, with substantial completion scheduled for summer of 2026, Tutor Perini said.
Constructing and rehabilitating bridges is a critical component of the nation’s infrastructure and is of paramount importance to the safety of the traveling public. Today, Tutor Perini-owned Lunda Construction Company has taken the lead on a $62 million bridge rehabilitation project to enhance two interstates in Wisconsin.
The project involves rehabilitating more than 12 miles of Interstate 94, between Milwaukee County and Waukesha County, and Interstate 895, an elevated roadway in Milwaukee that runs for nearly three miles. Lunda Construction will be responsible for widening existing structures, reconstructing shoulders and paved surfaces, and replacing retaining walls, along with other various improvements.
In addition to the safety and cost savings being realized from the overhaul of these interstates, the project is also expected to create additional jobs for workers in the local economy, which is a welcome boost.
To maximize the impact of their work on the community, Lunda is implementing various innovative construction techniques and technologies. These methods, and their reliance on the latest building materials, are able to reduce the life-cycle cost of the project, while ensuring quality and durability.
Tutor Perini’s Lunda Construction is a leader in infrastructure construction and rehabilitation, and this bridge renovation project is evidence of its continued commitment to providing top-notch, cost-effective services. This project will help to ensure the continued safety and reliability of these important interstate routes in Wisconsin.