Flatiron’s bid was the highest of the four bids at nearly $234 million and is proposed to take the longest at 437 days for a complete rebuild according to the release. As a result of these factors, both McCrossan and Ames/Lunda are protesting Mn/DOT’s decision, according to the Star Tribune. These protests are based on the initial requirements that Mn/DOT set out looking for the least expensive bridge in the shortest amount of time that fit the parameters of the technical score.
The Tribune also reported that the protesting bidders have to file with protest official Betsy Hayes, who will evaluate the situation and inform Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau of her findings; the ultimate decision for repeal or adjustment is up to Molnau. Also according to the Tribune, when entering into the bidding process, bidders agreed to comply with the protest process, which restricts their rights for retribution.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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