Missouri selects design-build team for new Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City

New bridge's construction to begin in spring of 2022 and be fully completed by late fall of 2024

February 05, 2021 / 2 minute read
Missouri selects design-build team for new Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City
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The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission this week selected Massman-Clarkson, A Joint Venture, for the design-build contract to replace the Buck O’Neil Bridge, formally known as the Broadway Bridge.

Massman-Clarkson, A Joint Venture, competed against two other design-build teams. According to the Missouri DOT, the team's dynamic project proposal demonstrated a best-value design for the City of Kansas City, which made them the top choice. The Massman-Clarkson team includes the following firms: Massman Construction Co., Clarkson Construction Co., and HNTB Corp.—all of Kansas City.

The winning contractor had to meet or exceed several goals, which included: providing a direct connection between U.S. Route 169 to I-35, building a new bridge that can be reasonably maintained and will provide a century of service, and minimizing the impact to the traveling public during construction.

“This is a significant milestone for the project, and the City of Kansas City is glad to see this progress,” Kansas City Manager Brian Platt said in a statement. “We will continue working with the state to ensure the project employs a diverse workforce as we build this vital and transformative economic link between downtown KCMO and our northland region. This will benefit our residents and visitors by adding bike and pedestrian facilities, improving access to the downtown airport and decreasing traffic congestion, especially on our local streets.”

The new Missouri River bridge will cost close to $220 million to construct and will provide a safe, connective, and accessible transportation facility that improves regional and local system performance.

The John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. Route 169 over the Missouri River, and serves as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected service life. Opened in 1956, the bridge is nearly 65 years old. Nearly 50,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

Construction of the new bridge is anticipated to begin in spring of 2022 and be fully completed by late fall of 2024.

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SOURCE: Missouri DOT

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