MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota continues to see costs ripple out
from the state government shutdown last summer as road work
contractors file claims to recover millions in losses.
The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota
Department of Transportation has paid $4 million in settlements to
contractors whose work was stopped during the shutdown.
the biggest claims still pending total at least $5 million.
Contractors who've worked on the Lafayette Bridge project, I-35
in Duluth and the interchange of Highway 169 and I-494 have all
MnDOT officials say 36 projects that would have been finished in
2011 had to be completed this year instead.
This includes work on
I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The costs are set to far outpace the $5 million savings from the