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Chicago’s Walsh low bidder for I-94 project

Walsh Construction Co., Chicago, has turned in the lowest bid for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s planned Interstate 94 rebuild between College and Howard avenues south of Milwaukee.

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Walsh bid just less than $81.5 million for the project while Milwaukee Constructors LLC, Black River Falls, bid $95,433,775.05. Milwaukee Constructors, which was awarded Milwaukee’s Zoo Interchange emergency repairs project at the end of 2009, comprises three companies: Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., Plain; Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls; and Zenith Tech Inc., Waukesha.

The College to Howard avenues project is part of a larger I-94 rebuild that will include about 35 miles of freeway and 18 interchanges and extends from the Mitchell Interchange area to just south of the Illinois state line, according to WisDOT. The overall project also includes the spur ramp to General Mitchell International Airport and the Plainfield Curve and includes frontage roads in Kenosha and Racine counties.

The project also mandates Layton Avenue be reopened by Sept. 3, with an entire project completion date set for Dec. 17, according to WisDOT.

Milwaukee Constructors and Walsh have met before in the bidding process for major projects. The three Wisconsin companies handled the majority of repairs to the Marquette Interchange in 2008, a job also bid on by Walsh.

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