The restoration of the Highway 99 Bridge over the Minnesota River in St. Peter has been put on hold due to issues with the contractor. The work on the historic steel truss bridge was expected to begin this month, but Mn-DOT was unable to award the contract to the low bidder because the firm failed to meet “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program” goals. It is required to comply with regulations that provide “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with equal opportunities to obtain contracts and project work.” The contractor, Edward Kraemer and Sons of Plain, Wisconsin, has requested a hearing in the matter. The delay means that the more-than $4-million project may not be completed this construction season. That would then impact work on the Highway 22 Bridge near Kasota scheduled for next year, because the St. Peter bridge will serve as a detour for that project.