January 29, 2015

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Two MoDOT Northland Projects Win Concrete Awards

An all-concrete diverging diamond interchange at Tiffany Springs Parkway and I-29 and a five-mile stretch of heavily-traveled Route 210 will be awarded high honors next month by the American Concrete Paving Association. Both MoDOT projects were completed this past summer and were directed by Resident Engineer Brian Burger’s Nashua Project Office team.

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The Tiffany Springs and I-29 is one of the only all-concrete diverging diamond interchanges in the state.

The Tiffany Springs and I-29 is one of the only all-concrete diverging diamond interchanges in Missouri. Begun in March and fully functional by July, the $10.4 million project included more than $2.56 million in concrete work, some 61,930 square yards. Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. was the general contractor that transformed the former traditional diamond interchange into a DDI with minimal impact to travelers. Portland concrete product was supplied by Talon Concrete and Aggregates LLC. The project is being recognized as the winner in ACPA’s Interchange Expansion/Improvement category.

The Route 210 paving project widened the Platte County state highway from two to four lanes between I-435 and Route 291, building a concrete highway nine inches thick and 26 feet wide to double lane capacity over a five-mile stretch. The busy highway currently handles 13,700 vehicles per day in a steadily developing area of Kansas City north of the Missouri River. Begun in March 2014, the $15 million project took less than a year to complete, fully opening to traffic in late November. The project required 100,000 square yards of paving. Ideker Inc. was the general contractor, and Central Plains Cement Company and Talon Concrete and Aggregates supplied the concrete. The project is being recognized as the winner in ACPA’s Urban Arterials & Collectors category.

The awards will be presented to MoDOT and the contractors at the 35th Annual Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Conference March 4 in Kansas City.  

Center Spans of Fairfax Bridge Dropped in Spectacular Fashion

Following a blast to remove the end spans a week earlier, crews recently detonated the center span of the historic Fairfax Bridge. An audience of more than 200 citizens and crew applauded the boom that shook the ground, dropped the bridge and startled the wild life.

Click here to watch a video of the demolition.

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The current U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River is a dual bridge structure consisting of the Platte Purchase Bridge and the Fairfax Bridge. Those bridges connect Platte County, Mo. and Wyandotte County, Ks.

The southbound Route 69 Bridge, commonly referred to as the Fairfax Bridge, was built in 1933. The northbound Route 69 Bridge, commonly referred to as the Platte Purchase Bridge, was built in 1957. 

The new structure will be a singular bridge with multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access and will be open to traffic in December 2016. This is a project shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and MoDOT.  

Learn more about this project online and follow updates on twitter at, #us69MoRiverBridge


For more info

Melissa Black
Customer Relations Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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