Speed of I-35 Bridge Rebuild Surprises Construction Industry Insiders

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In depth interviews with top project managers tells how the project was completed in record time

Being able to open this bridge up in 12 months versus 30-36 months is an enormous amount of savings and that equates to about 240 million dollars

Today, the New Construction Strategies Radio Network (NCSR) released a series of interviews with key project managers on the I-35 bridge reconstruction project. The St. Anthony Falls Bridge, which collapsed about 14 months ago, was rebuilt faster than it would have typically taken to complete the planning stage of the project. New construction approaches were used and the series discusses the details of the rebuild strategy. Included are interviews with Jay Hietpas P.E., Mn/DOT's Design-Build Program Manager in the Office of Construction and Innovative Contracting; Peter F. Sanderson P.E., Flatiron-Manson's Project Manager; and Jon Chiglo P.E., project manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The process surprised industry insiders. "We used a different cultural approach to managing the project, but once you've gone through the process and you really understand it, you’re like wow this is fantastic. This is how things really should work," said Jay Hietpas P.E.

"Being able to open this bridge up in 12 months versus 30-36 months is an enormous amount of savings and that equates to about 240 million dollars," said Jon Chiglo P.E,.

"This was a remarkable accomplishment and every person involved in the construction industry could benefit from listening to how this team managed this project," said Ted Garrison, host of New Construction Strategies Radio.

To listen to these three interesting interviews, go to http://www.NewConstructionStrategies.com/Guests/I35W.html.

About New Construction Radio Network
The New Construction Strategies Radio Network produces programming focused on uncovering the best insights, best practices and emerging construction strategies in the construction industry. The program is available, online, on demand, 24/7 at http://www.NewConstructionStrategies.com. A new segment is added every week and visitors to the site may subscribe to the program to get full access to the complete archive of programming. New Construction Strategies is produced by Emmy winning broadcaster Errol Smith. The program was developed by Jackstreet Media and the program is distributed on the Affiliate Nanocasting Network using Really Targeted Syndication (RTS)™.

For more information, go to or http://www.NewConstructionStrategies.com. For information on the syndication, go to http://www.theann.com or contact Ted Garrison at 800-861-0874.

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