About the I-70 Rocheport Bridge Replacement

Construction Scheduled to Begin in Late 2021

This bridge has been called the “lynchpin of America.” It not only connects two counties in Missouri, Boone and Cooper, it connects Missouri’s largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, and it connects a majority of the country. The bridge carries 12.5 million vehicles per year, including 3.6 million trucks. In fact, within 48 hours, trucks carrying goods to all 48 lower states will have crossed this bridge.

The current bridge was built in 1960. It is rated in poor condition, which could have resulted in weight restrictions in the coming years. Rehabilitation work would have only extended the life of the bridge by as little as 10 years and could have caused three-to-eight hour backups along I-70.

With a cost of approximately $240 million, the replacement of this bridge is certainly no small feat. It requires local, state and federal agencies and lawmakers working together to find funding and plan construction that will not hurt businesses who need to transport their products or local communities that rely on the bridge to go to work or school each day.

This will be a design-build project. Design-build is a delivery method that includes hiring one contracting team to complete the design and construction work under one contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule, and the contractor team conducts the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and money. For more information about design-build or to see other similar project across the state, visit modot.org/design-build-information.

Below you will find more information on the funding and timeline for the bridge replacement, as well updates on the project’s progress.

Project Goals

  1. Meet the expectation of delivering the project under budget
  2. Provide a high quality, durable, low maintenance project that improves safety and reliability
  3. Minimize traffic impacts during and after construction while maximizing safety and capacity
  4. Maximize safety for workers while beating the project completion deadline of 12/31/24
  5. Deliver the project with a diverse workforce that fosters future DBE and workforce development
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to quality and innovation in all phases of the project
Counties Impacted
Project Status
Planning Phase
Route Impacted
Interstate 70

Project Timeline

Missouri Receives $81.2 million INFRA grant
July 2019

The $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation enables a $240 million project to replace the existing four-lane I-70 bridge with a six-lane structure built just to the south of the current location, as well as reconstruct the Route BB interchange just east of the bridge. 

Read the full press release from Governor Parson here. 

Re-Evaluation of Environmental Study
December 2019

This process is part of the National Environmental Policy Act 2005 Finding of No Significant Impact for the Second Tier Final Environmental Assessment and Final Section 4(f) Evaluation of Section of Independent Utility 3 for the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport.

Click here to see the full public notice regarding this environmental re-evaluation.

Geological Testing
March 2020

As part of preparations for the construction of the new bridge, contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be gathered geo-technical data and survey information. The tests, which involve drilling holes beneath the surface, will provide valuable information about the area’s rock and soil stability.

Early Release Information Provided to consultants and contractors
June 2020

In anticipation of procurement in early 2021, MoDOT has prepared some Early Release Information for all consultants and contractors interested in pursuing the design-build contract. Any consultant or contractor may request access to this information by emailing RocheportBridge@modot.mo.gov or Project Director Brandi Baldwin at brandi.baldwin@modot.mo.gov.

Virtual Open House
January 26, 2021

A virtual open house was held on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to discuss the construction of the new Interstate 70 Missouri River bridge near Rocheport. MoDOT staff went over the scope of the project, as well as the timeline and goals. No design work has been done. That will be completed by the team that is retained to design and construct the project. 

Click here to view the presentation from this meeting. 

Request for Qualifications Issued
January 29, 2021

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is now available.

Rocheport Bridge RFQ

A draft RFP is still available as well. Any consultant or contractor may request access to the SharePoint site where all shared project data is available by emailing RocheportBridge@modot.mo.gov.

Virtual Industry meeting
January 29, 2021 @ 1p.m.

Thank you to everyone who joined MoDOT at the virtual Industry Meeting. For those not able to attend the presentation and attendance list are available.

Rocheport Bridge Industry Meeting Presentation

Rocheport Bridge Industry Meeting Attendance

Shortlist of Potential Project Contractors Announced
March 2, 2021

JEFFERSON CITY - Following an extensive evaluation process, four qualified teams have been selected to compete for the contract to design and construct a new Missouri River Bridge on Interstate 70 near Rocheport.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has received Statements of Qualification from potential design-build teams for the Rocheport Bridge project. Four 

“We are very pleased with the interest we received in working on the Rocheport Bridge project. The four short-listed teams are all very experienced and capable of producing a successful project,” said Project Director Brandi Baldwin. “We look forward to moving forward in the process and selecting the final design-build team.”

The following teams (in no particular order) were selected to further develop their proposals on the project:

  • Traylor-Ames Joint Venture Team - Traylor Brothers, Inc.; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Ames Construction, Inc.
  • American Bridge/Garver Team - American Bridge Company; Garver, LLC; Hg Consult, Inc.; Terracon
  • Rocheport Bridge Constructors - Massman Construction Company; HNTB Corporation; Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.
  • Lunda Team - Lunda Construction Co.; Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.; Dan Brown & Associates; Hugh Zeng United

Click here to read the full press release

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Request for Proposals
March 2021

Proposals will be due in June 2021. 

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Design-Build Team Selected by Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
July 2021
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Construction Begins on New Bridge
Winter 2021
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Bridge Opens to Traffic
Summer 2024
Not Started
Project Complete
December 2024
I-70 Rocheport Bridge in Cooper County

Virtual DBE Mixer - April 30, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 1-3:30 p.m.

The Rocheport Bridge Replacement team is hosting a virtual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) mixer for DBE firms who are interested in working on the construction project. Also in attendance will be the short-listed design-build proposers for the project. Additional information will be provided to DBE firms that RSVP to the event. 

To enhance and facilitate the virtual meeting, firms are asked to:

  • RSVP no later than Monday, April 26 via the link below
  • Include a brief business marketing resume/brochure (maximum 1 page) with your RSVP for the short-listed proposers to review. This needs to include contact information, NAICS codes (including descriptions of each work type in the MRCC directory), and a list of past completed projects. 

Email addresses for the short-listed proposers will be provided to DBE firms registered for the event. 

Click here to join the meeting! 


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Governor Mike Parson - I-70 Missouri River Bridge Replacement Project Kickoff Event
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January 26, 2021 - I-70 Rocheport Bridge Project Update
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