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Project Information

The Missouri Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will replace the US 69 Bridges over the Missouri River Bridge in Platte County, Mo. and Wyandotte County, Kan. This project will be administered as a design-build project.

An industry meeting was held Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. For more information, review the following:

MoDOT will then short-list the most qualified teams to submit a proposal, which will be evaluated and the best-value proposal ultimately selected.

Why must new bridges be constructed?

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.  Both were built to accommodate the type, size, and weight of vehicles at the time of construction, and were not designed for the high volume and heavy weight limits of truck traffic that you typically find today within the heavy industrial zone where these bridges are located. Narrow lanes and load limitations restrict the use of each bridge by overweight and oversized vehicles.  Because of their age, both structures require frequent maintenance and costly extensive repairs, causing motorists further delay.

Both bridges are historic properties, meaning they are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and are available for relocation. For more information about these free bridges, click here.

Where will the new bridges be constructed?

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the bridge replacement cleared a specific "footprint," or an area approved by National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for construction. The design-build team will use these guidelines to come up with the best possible design given our project goals.

What are the project goals?

  1. SCHEDULE -- Open all lanes of traffic no later than Oct. 1, 2016.
  2. COST -- Deliver a competitively priced project that is both practical and economical.
  3. DURABILITY -- Construct low maintenance bridge(s) that will provide at least a century of service.
  4. SAFETY -- Create and sustain an exceptionally safe project work environment.

What is the project schedule?

  • Advertise to Industry

Nov. 2013

  • Letter of Interest Due

Dec. 31, 2013

  • Informational Industry Meeting

Jan. 9, 2014

  • Issue Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Jan. 9, 2014

  • Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) Due

Feb. 5, 2014

  • MoDOT Notifies short-listed submitters

Feb. 20, 2014

  • Issue Request for Proposals (RFP)

Feb. 25, 2014

  • Final Proposal and Price Allocation Due

June 3, 2014

  • MoDOT Commission Meeting/Selection of Apparent Best Value

July 9, 2014

  • US 69 Open to Traffic

Dec. 1, 2016

What is the project cost?

The US 69 Missouri River Bridge replacement project is programmed for a total of $79 million. The Kansas Department of Transportation will split the cost of the bridges.    

What is the design-build contracting process?

With design-build, the design and construction are completed by the joint consultant/contractor team on an accelerated time frame. This allows the new bridge to be constructed faster than the usual design-bid-build process.  It will also allow contractors to incorporate innovative cost-saving ideas that will allow taxpayers to get more for their money, without sacrificing the quality needed for a Missouri River bridge. For more information, review the Design-Build primer.

More information

For more information, please review the project maps and materials listed in the right column. You can also submit a comment, call Assistant District Engineer Brian Kidwell at 816-607-2282 or 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or by email at Brian.Kidwell@modot.mo.gov

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of the existing bridges



Review the Finding of No Significant Impact



For updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Or add your name to the project update e-mail list. Questions or comments? Call us 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or submit a comment form online.

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