Brian Kelly

(KMOX)-MoDOT says its decision to go with a Chicago-based company for the major Blanchette Bridge overhaul project, is NOT a slight to St. Louis area contractors.

Spokeswoman Linda Wilson tells KMOX that of the four bids that came in on the project one was from a St. Louis company. She says Walsh Construction of Chicago got the job, because it’s bid was lowest, at $62.7 million.

Wilson says work on major Missouri and Mississippi River bridges is a very specialized type of work, “Typically our prime contractor does not come from out of the St. Louis area, but they will hire all of the labor force, the craftsman, ironworkers, carpenters etc. will be local staff.”

Wilson says it’s not that there are no St. Louis area contractors capable of doing the job, “We do have some big bridge builders in the St. Louis area, but again, typically what we find is because the major river bridges are such specialized work, typically we see outside St. Louis companies coming in to do that type of work.”

Wilson says Walsh Construction is already doing some work in the metro east.

Copyright KMOX Radio

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