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Two firms partner to win bid for installing main part of St. Croix River bridge

HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - It appears that two road builders will work together to install the main part of the new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River between Hudson and Stillwater Minnesota. 

The Badger and Gopher state DOT's said Friday that a joint venture between Ames Construction of Burnsville Minnesota and Lunda of Black River Falls submitted the low bid of $380 million. That's for the so-called "super structure" that will rest on piers which are already being placed into the St. Croix River. 

The bridge lanes will also be connected with ramps connected to Highway 36, a four-lane structure between the Wisconsin-Minnesota border and the Twin Cities. 

Officials in both states say they'll review the bid to make sure it meets the project's specifications. 

If so, the firms will spend about three years working on the new bridge. It's due to open in late 2016.