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MO Receives Bridge Replacement Grant

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the state is comprised of over 10,000 bridges—the sixth-most in the nation—with roughly 20% in poor condition or suffering from weight restrictions.

However, thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and the Gov. Mike Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” initiative, the state plans to replace up to 41 rural bridges, in addition to fixing hundreds of poor bridges.

Federal Grant

Recently, MoDOT officials announced that the Department had been awarded $20.8 million federal grants for the replacement of its northern Missouri-located bridges. In addition to $5.2 million in matching funds from MoDOT, work on the bridges is expected to begin in late 2021.

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According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the state is comprised of over 10,000 bridges—the sixth most in the nation—with roughly 20% in poor condition or suffering from weight restrictions.

“These bridges all have the same issues—they are weight restricted, supported by timber piles, in poor condition, and are one lane but carry two-way traffic,” said MoDOT FARM Bridge Project Director Jeff Gander.

Officials add that the bridges are located on roads with low traffic volumes.

The Department is currently seeking Letters of Interest from Design-Build Teams to participate in the department’s Fixing Access to Rural Missouri Bridge Program. According to MoDOT, “Design-build proposers should safely deliver the project within the program budget of $21.98 million on or before Oct. 31, 2023; use innovation to maximize the number of locations to be addressed; provide quality long-lasting structures and minimize public inconvenience through increased construction speed and flexibility in scheduling”

All those interested in the FARM project is asked to send MoDOT a one-page letter of interest by registered mail no later than Nov. 9. MoDOT plans to host a virtual information presentation from 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Focus on Bridges

Starting back in 2019, the General Assembly and Gov. Parson approved $50 million from State General Revenue to replace or repair 45 bridges in Fiscal Year 2020. The grant triggered a $301 million bonding program, authorized by the legislature in the 2019 session and to be repaid over seven years from State General Revenue, for the repair or replace an additional 215 bridges across the state.

According to MoDOT, “Not only will this program enable us to fix hundreds of poor bridges throughout the state, it will also enable us to deliver additional high-priority transportation projects statewide using the funding already dedicated to these bridges in our current construction program and for which our nationally recognized local planning process will be used.”

The program plans to complete all the bridges by Fiscal Year 2023, with 120 bridge projects awarded by the fourth quarter of 2020 and 113 in progress by the first quarter of 2021. The program adds that it hopes 44 to have reopened by its 2021 goal.

A full progress report on the Focus on Bridges plan was released last month.

Last year, MoDOT announced that a number of bridges were available for free, however, interested parties were required to pay for structure relocation.

At the time, while the department specified that developing a plan for reuse of a historic bridge is a long process, some of the structures listed hadn’t completed a rehabilitation analysis. Meaning, that if bridge rehabilitation was later found to be cost effective, it would be removed as an offering in the giveaway.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair; Upcoming projects

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