Menard Group USA Joins Minnesota DOT’s Massive TH 169 Nine Mile Creek Project

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PITTSBURGH – January 11, 2017– Pittsburgh-based geotechnical firm Menard Group USA was recently awarded the ground improvement contract by Ames Construction for the Minnesota DOT’s TH 169 Nine Mile Creek project.

Menard’s portion of the work will include installing more than 6,000 controlled modulus column (CMC) rigid inclusions to support the highway’s causeway/embankment, which must be completed by 2020 due to the bridge’s current conditions. The CMC rigid inclusions will be installed to an average depth of 31 feet.

The overall highway improvement project includes the replacement of the Highway 169 Bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina with a causeway and the reconstruction of more than six miles of pavement on Highway 169. The construction of acceleration and deceleration lanes, the repair of existing noise walls, the replacement of concrete barriers and modifications to increase pedestrian accessibility will also be completed.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Ames Construction and returning to work for MnDOT. We’re looking forward to completing another important project for the state,” said Menard Group USA Senior Project Manager Steve Darnell.

Menard will begin CMC rigid inclusion installation in April of 2017 and will have four rigs working simultaneously to meet a very tight schedule.

About Menard Group USA

Menard Group USA is a design-build specialty geotechnical contractor offering expertise in ground improvement for
sites with poor soil. By combining value engineering and innovative techniques, Menard Group USA delivers
practical, sustainable solutions that can be attractive alternatives to deep (pile) foundations. As part of an
international network of geotechnical resources and expertise, our team brings in-depth knowledge and creative
problem solving to every project.

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Phone: 412-221-4500

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