Firms Sued In Minn. Bridge Failure Bid On New Span

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An engineering company indelibly linked to a fatal 2007 bridge collapse in Minnesota is seeking to design a major bridge crossing on the state’s border with Wisconsin.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says San Francisco-based URS Corp. is among the bidders to design a $571 million to $676 million span crossing the St. Croix River east of the Twin Cities.

URS is also seeking a contract to review the bridge’s design if another firm is selected. Also bidding on a contract is Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., the company that acquired the firm that designed the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge.

A federal probe attributed the collapse to an original design flaw from the 1960s. URS was under contract to study the bridge before it fell.

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