Contractor selected for largest highway project in Missouri history

News MoDOT December 01, 2006
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The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has selected the contractor for the largest highway project in Missouri history and the first design-build project for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Gateway Constructors was chosen to reconstruct I-64 in St. Louis from west of Spoede Road to east of Kingshighway Boulevard. The $535 million project will include rebuilding the pavement, bridges and all 12 interchanges. One lane will be added in each direction from west of Spoede Road to I-170.

“I’m pleased to announce Gateway Constructors as the selected contractor,” said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. “We are excited to get all the improvements we needed for the budget available. The construction schedule minimizes the overall length of closures, quickly completes major sections of the roadway and maximizes our regional road system as detours during construction.”

Design-build is a project delivery method that combines both the design and construction phases to save time and resources. Construction will take place in three phases beginning next spring. All lanes of I-64 and I-170 will be open by Dec. 31, 2009. Final work and landscaping will be complete by July 31, 2010.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity, and we’re really looking forward to getting started,” said Brian Kaub, vice-president of Granite Construction Company, Gateway Constructor’s project executive. “We know there will be challenges as we go forward, but we specialize in projects like this, and with our local partners we’re confident we can have the same success here that we’ve had on other projects around the country. We have a track record of finishing on time, if not early, and we’re confident we can do the same thing on I-64.”

The project website (www.thenewi64.org) allows the public to sign up for regular e-mail updates regarding the construction schedule.

“When construction starts, the Web site will give individuals the option to input the origin and destination of their trip and get alternate route directions,” said Rahn.

The Gateway Constructors team is led by Granite Construction Company of Watsonville, Calif., with local team members Fred Weber Inc. of Creve Coeur and Millstone-Bangert Inc. of St. Charles. Some of the other team members include Parsons Transportation Group, URS and Vector Communications.

The Gateway Constructors team will pursue subcontracting to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise companies for 16% of the work. Work force goals also include a 20% goal with additional incentives to exceed the goal to include minority, female and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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