I-70 Rocheport Bridge Replacement in Missouri to begin in late 2021

Bridge contract is scheduled to be awarded in July 2021

November 11, 2020 / 2 minute read
I-70 Rocheport Bridge Replacement in Missouri to begin in late 2021
Image: Missouri DOT

The Missouri DOT (MoDOT) this week announced plans for construction of the new I-70 Missouri River bridge near Rocheport to begin in late 2021.

The design-build project will be completed by a contractor and designer team. That contract is scheduled to be awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in July 2021. MoDOT says bridge construction will take several years and the new bridge is expected to be opened to traffic by the end of 2024.

Project Director Brandi Baldwin said there have already been several steps completed in preparation for construction of the new bridge.

“Before we are able to move forward with any construction plans, there are several factors that we have to assess,” Baldwin explained in a statement. “Last December we started the re-evaluation of an environmental study that had been completed for the bridge in 2005. In March we conducted geological testing and survey gathering that provided valuable information about the area’s rock and soil stability.”

MoDOT also announced the goals of the project, which start with meeting the expectation of delivering the project under the expected $240 million budget while still providing a quality product. The design-build contractor team will work to minimize traffic impacts during construction while focusing on the safety of the traveling public and the workers.

The current Rocheport Bridge was built in 1960 and is rated in poor condition. Further delays in replacing the bridge could have resulted in weight restrictions. Rehabilitation work would have only extended the life of the bridge by as little as 10 years and could have caused three-to-eight-hour backups along I-70.

Design-build is a delivery method that includes hiring one contracting team to complete the design and construction work under one contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule, and the contractor team conducts the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and money.

--------

SOURCE: Missouri DOT

Related Articles

Rocheport Bridge
Image: Missouri DOT
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) this week launched bridge construction on the new I-70 Missouri River bridges project near…
October 15, 2021
Rhode Island DOT breaks ground on Washington Bridge North project
Image: Rhode Island DOT
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) this week broke ground on the $78 million Washington Bridge North project. The goal of the…
October 13, 2021
Chatham Bridge
Image: Virginia DOT
Following a 16-month rehabilitation effort, the Chatham Bridge in Virginia reopened to vehicle traffic early this week, reconnecting the City of…
October 12, 2021
Figure 1. Structural adhesive being injected into a steel connection.
Figure 1. Structural adhesive being injected into a steel connection. Image: Carsten Kunde from Diamant
Corrosion is a common deterioration mode of steel bridges, leading to expensive maintenance operations. Crevice corrosion is a prevalent form of…
October 05, 2021
expand_less