A year after the state government shut down because of a budget impasse, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has paid out $5.59 million in claims to contractors who suffered losses related to the shutdown, including more than $664,671 to Wisconsin-based companies.
The cost of shutting down and restarting projects stalled by last July’s state government shutdown could be as high as $70 million, said Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
Published: April 26, 2012
Tags: Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, Central Specialties, Dianne Holte, Holte Contracting, Kevin Gutknecht, Mike Leegard, Minnesota Department of Transportation, MnDOT, O’Malley Construction, shutdown, Tim Worke
Nine months after the state government shutdown ended, highway contractors who suffered losses are frustrated by what they see as the slow pace of resolving claims.
Five months after the state government shutdown ended, the Minnesota Department of Transportation still is trying to settle more than half the contractor claims related to suspending road and bridge projects.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation spent about $2.3 million to prepare for and recover from a state government shutdown that stalled roughly 100 road construction projects last July.
The 2012 construction season probably will be well under way before any definitive answers emerge regarding the state’s payments of construction claims related to July’s 20-day government shutdown.
By Joan Lowy Associated Press Washington — Bills necessary to avoid shutdowns of federal transportation and aviation programs are high on Congress’ to-do list when it returns to work next week. President Barack Obama says as many as 1 million jobs are at risk without action. Both the White House and House Republicans signaled last [...]
By Brian Johnson Dolan Newswires The price of the state of Minnesota’s 2011 road and bridge construction season is likely going to go up by millions of dollars, and that money won’t upgrade an additional foot of highway. It will go toward settling some contractor claims stemming from July’s state government shutdown that brought nearly [...]
Published: July 28, 2011
Tags: AGC, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, contractors, J&L Steel & Electrical Services, Minnesota Department of Transportation, MnDOT, Shafer Contracting, shutdown
By Brian Johnson Dolan Newswires Minneapolis — Bridge and highway builders who survived the 20-day state government shutdown face an unusual sort of deadline pressure this week: filing paperwork for claims related to government hiatus. In the aftermath of the shutdown, which stopped work on almost 100 state transportation projects from July 1 to 21, [...]
By Brian Johnson Dolan Media Minneapolis — Minnesota contractors who saw their state highway projects grind to a halt during the 20-day government shutdown have a new concern: getting stiffed by the state for shutdown-related expenses. At issue is a provision buried on the last page of a 42-page Senate finance bill approved last week [...]