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$50M Contract Awarded for MN Bridge Rehab

Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Lunda Construction Co.—a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp.—has been recently awarded a $50 million contract for the rehabilitation of the historic 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

The project plans to close the bridge to all traffic as early as next month.

10th Avenue Bridge

Historically known as the Cedar Avenue Bridge, the 10th Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1929 by Kristoffer Olsen Oustad and assistant bridge engineer Fredrick T. Paul.

Mulad, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Lunda Construction Co.—a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp.—has been recently awarded a $50 million contract for the rehabilitation of the historic 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

The bridge encompasses a concrete-reinforced open-spandrel arch design—consisting of 21 spans (seven main river spans and 14 approach spans)—and crosses the Mississippi River 118 feet above the water. While the longest span measures roughly 290 feet, the total length of the structure is 2,153 feet.

In 1949, a large-diameter water main was suspended from the bridge’s structure and on Nov. 6, 1989, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the project’s website, the bridge currently sees approximately 10,000 vehicles and hundreds of pedestrians daily.

Recent reports claim that to the 90-year-old infrastructure is experiencing concrete deterioration due to leaking expansion joints and drainage elements. Additional corrosion of the structure has also become an issue from the area’s freeze thaw weather damage.

Rehabilitation Plan

Although the project is just kicking off, design work for the rehabilitation project was reportedly finished in the spring of 2019. Following designs, construction broke ground in the fall and will be nearly completed by late fall 2020.

Rehabilitation work for the bridge will involve, among other things, the replacement of the entire bridge deck, restoration work on deteriorated concrete, reconstruction of the south and north roadways, the construction of new bikeways and sidewalks, and the complete removal and reconstruction of various bridge features.

The project also plans to install a new large-diameter water main by digging two shafts on either side of the river and using a tunneling machine to place the water main underneath the river. The water main installation began in the spring of 2019 and plans to go into service next month.

During this time, crews will ensure the City of Minneapolis and the SEH consultant team that:

  • The project is coordinating with multiple stakeholders and agencies;
  • The project stays within budget;
  • The construction will result in an attractive bridge with durable details; and
  • That the project doesn’t compromise the historic integrity of the bridge.

The project’s construction is expected to wrap up this fall and has a final completion target date set for July 2021.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Historic Structures; Infrastructure; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair

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