ST LOUIS - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected today the Walsh-Alberici Team to be the Design-Build contractor for the Interstate 64 Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River. The $125 million project will build a new I-64 bridge over the Missouri River to replace the deteriorated bridge built in 1935. The project will include building a new eastbound bridge, removal of the 1935 existing westbound bridge, and building a new Chesterfield Airport Road interchange including connecting the North Outer Road to the westbound I-64 on ramp. The project will build a continuous westbound fourth lane from the Chesterfield Airport Road entrance ramp westbound to the Route 94 exit ramp. It will also add a shared use path on the new eastbound bridge connecting the KATY trail to the Monarch Levee Trail.
"I'm pleased to announce the Walsh-Alberici joint venture with designer Burns & McDonnell as the selected design-build contractor," said MoDOT Director Kevin Keith. "Their proposal provides the most improvements coming in under budget with a delivery much faster than we had anticipated. The impacts to the public during construction will be very minimal and the final outcome will provide a great benefit to the users of the bridge."
The Walsh-Alberici construction schedule maintains all lanes during peak hours with minimal weekend closures for demolitions and bridge girder settings. The schedule includes:
2013 = construction begins;
2014 = traffic on new eastbound bridge by Nov. 15, 2014;
2015 = all traffic in final position by Oct. 2, 2015; Contract complete Dec. 31, 2015.
"The Walsh/Alberici Joint Venture, along with our designer, Burns & McDonnell is pleased to be selected for the Daniel Boone Bridge project. Walsh Construction Company's recently started Blanchette Bridge Project, coupled with Alberici and Burns and McDonnell's established local presence, positions our team to deliver a quality project that is on time and within budget," said Senior Project Manager Eric Hayes for Walsh Construction Co. "Our experienced team of professionals and highly-skilled local trades have been involved with many of the large successful infrastructure projects in the St. Louis Metro area."
"This is a great opportunity for local trades that have always performed when needed to build major infrastructure projects for our community," said Leroy Stromberg, Chief Operating Officer for Alberici Constructors. "Walsh/Alberici Joint Venture appreciates the bid phase design-build process that MoDOT sponsored. We look forward to continuing our partnering relationship with MoDOT during the construction phase of the Daniel Boone Bridge project."
The project website, www.modot.org/boonebridge, allows citizens to sign up for regular e-updates regarding the construction schedule. The website has been updated to include today's announcement and schedule information.
The Walsh-Alberici joint venture includes Walsh Construction Company of Chicago, Ill., and Alberici Constructors Inc. of St. Louis. The lead design firm is Burns & McDonnell Inc. The Walsh-Alberici team will pursue subcontracting to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise companies for 14 percent of the construction work and 20 percent of the professional services work. Workforce goals also include a 14.7% minority and 6.9% female workers per trade.