Counties Impacted
Jackson
Clay
Project Status
In Progress

PROJECT DETAILS

The Buck O’Neil Bridge recently underwent a short-term rehabilitation to extend its service life. However, a new bridge is needed to provide a crossing that will support continued use well into the future.  

To facilitate the evaluation of an improved river crossing, MoDOT recently conducted an environmental study. The study is in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act which is required before major improvements to the crossing can be made. The environmental study focused on the U.S. 169 corridor from Missouri Route 9 to Interstate 35, identified as a segment of independent utility in the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study completed in 2018 by the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City, Missouri, and MoDOT. The Buck O’Neil Bridge is part of that corridor. The environmental study built on the data collected during the recently completed PEL study to further evaluate options to improve the crossing of U.S. 169 over the Missouri River in Kansas City.

The environmental study, which concluded in late 2019, evaluated and documented the potential impacts to both the surrounding infrastructure and community and will require significant public input in the coming months. As part of the new study, potential impacts to historic structures, including the existing Buck O’Neil Bridge and other resources in the study area were evaluated in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and as applicable Section 4(f) of the DOT Act. The evaluation of impacts to public parks, open spaces, cultural assets, and people and businesses in and around the area were also conducted.

A link to the project press release is HERE.

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HISTORY

The John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge (formerly the Broadway Bridge), is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. 169 over the Missouri River serving as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river.

While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected lifespan. Opened in 1956, the bridge recently celebrated its 60th year of operation.  Since that time, the neighborhoods and communities on both sides of the bridge have changed significantly and now nearly 50,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

About the Buck O'Neil Bridge
The year the Broadway (Buck O'Neil) Bridge Opened
1956
Number of cars that use it daily
50,000
The John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge (formerly the Broadway Bridge) is a triple arch bridge that carries U.S. 169 over the Missouri River.

PROJECT UPDATES

  • Project Update: 8/14/2020 A list of qualified design-build teams have been determined to compete to build the new Buck O'Neil Bridge 

After an extensive and exhaustive evaluation process, the Missouri Department of Transportation has developed a list of qualified design-build teams to compete for the contract to build a new U.S. Route 169 Buck O’Neil Bridge.

Each of the teams come from a diverse mix of experienced local and national companies who submitted exceptional proposals.

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

  • American Bridge/Parsons Team
  • Lunda Construction Co.
  • Massman-Clarkson, a joint venture
  • Traylor Ames Joint Venture
  • The Walsh Design-Build Team

From this group, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will select a best-value proposer to deliver the project. The selection is expected in February 2021, with construction beginning later that year.

 

  • Project Update: 8/6/2020 An Updated Industry Meeting Power Point Presentation

Click here to view 

 

  • Project Update: 8/3/2020 An Updated RFQ 

Click here to view the amended RFQ 

 

  • Project Update: 7/23/2020 Industry Meeting Video and Meeting Power Point 

Click here to view video of the Industry Meeting 

Click here to view the RFQ Power Point 

For any clarification regarding the RFQ, please submit here, Request for Clarification 

 

  • Project Update: 7/22/2020 Important Forms for Industry Contractors 

The following are Design-Build forms which potential companies will need to submit SOQs (Statement of Qualifications). Also included is an attendance list of all of those who took part in the Industry Meeting. 

DB-101 Major Participant Info 

DB-102 Reference Project Summary 

DB-103 Resume Summary 

DB-104 Receipt of Addenda 

DB-105 Conflict of Interest 

DB-110 Com of Key Person 

DB-802 Debarment - Suspension 

Registration Information 

 

  • Project Update: 7/21/2020 RFQ Meeting

Click here to view the RFQ

 

  • Project Update: 7/16/2020 Virtual Information Presentation 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a virtual information presentation, which is scheduled at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Here is the link to the meeting. https://modot.webex.com/modot/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec9b8a40e3871db48df1e52b872a0631a

Registration is required upon entering the meeting. At a later date, a recording of the meeting will be available at the project website. 

 

  • Project Update: 7/7/2020 Draft RFQ Information

The draft RFQ for the Buck O’Neil Bridge Design-Build project is now available for informational purposes only.  It is anticipated that the final RFQ will be released after the industry meeting on July 21st, 2020.   Please send any comments on the Draft RFQ to  BuckONeilBridge@modot.mo.gov  No clarifications on details of the draft RFQ will be answered at this time. 

Click here to see the Draft RFQ  

 

  • Project Update: 7/6/2020 Request for Design Build Services Letters of Interest for the US 169 Bridge over the Missouri River.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is soliciting Letters of Interest from companies
interested in providing design-build services for the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge
(formerly the Broadway Bridge), that carries US 169 over the Missouri River and connects
downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river in Jackson and Platte Counties.


MoDOT intends to replace the 100-year-old existing Buck O’Neil Bridge and make improvements to the US 169 corridor. The anticipated improvements include replacing the existing Missouri River bridge, improving traffic operations, geometrics, and safety and bike/pedestrian/transit accessibility along US 169, including direct connections from I-35 to US 169. One design-build team will be selected to design and construct the project. In addition to design and construction, other project elements such as right-of-way acquisition, quality management and environmental management may be included as part of the design-build contract.


A virtual information presentation is scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesday July 21st, 2020. A link to the meeting will be available on the project website, www.modot.org/buck-oneil-bridge-project. It is anticipated the Request for Qualifications will be released on the same day as the presentation.


Firms interested in receiving project information should send a one-page Letter of Interest to MoDOT by registered mail or similar delivery method that indicates proof of receipt, no later than Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, to ensure that you receive all information. The Letters of Interest will allow MoDOT to compile a list of interested companies for notices and any announcements relating to the project.


Address all letters to: Mary Miller, P.E
Project Director
Missouri Department of Transportation
 600 N.E. Colbern Road, Lees Summit, MO 64086

 

Note: Include in your Letter of Interest, the company name and a contact person at your company, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail. If your firm is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), indicate with which local or state agencies you are certified. Note: the authority to complete this project using Design-Build procurement is contingent upon MHTC approval in February 2021.

 

  • Project Update: 5/29/2020 Covid 19 Impacts 
    • Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the procurement schedule for the Buck O’Neil Bridge Design-Build project has been revised. The RFQ/Industry meeting has been moved to July 2020, the RFP release is still scheduled for August and the award is currently still set for February 2021.  Moving the RFQ release to July allows for a better picture of MoDOT’s revenue going forward due to Covid 19 impacts.  The schedule below is tentative based on those revenue projections.
  • Project Advertisement:  July 6th, 2020
  • RFQ/Industry meeting:  July 21st, 2020
  • SOQ shortlist:  August 2020
  • RFP:  August 2020
  • Award:  February 2021
  • Project Update: 5/26/2020 Environmental Assessment as reached a conclusion
    • MoDOT and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, partnered with the Federal Highway Administration to assess the impact of roadway improvements and bridge replacement to the natural and built environment along the US 169/I-35 corridor from MO 9 to 12th Street.  

      The Environmental Assessment concluded with a finding of No Significant Impact, commonly known as a FONSI.  The proposed Buck O’Neil project will also impact the airport property, so the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a separate FONSI/Record of Decision (ROD) for the Downtown Airport property. 

    • The US 169/Buck O’Neil bridge environmental study began in early fall 2018, but the environmental analysis in the corridor began with the Planning Environmental Linkages study managed by the City of Kansas City and Mid-America Regional Council.  The information and data from the PEL fed into the Environmental study. 
  • Project update: 05/19/20: Early Release Information
    • For those consultants/contractors wanting to know early release, technical design-build information regarding the  Buck O'Neil Bridge Project, you can request access by replying to the email group listed below. You will then be directed to an external website.

      BuckONeilBridge@modot.mo.gov

  • Project Update 4/28/20: Important Dates

    • Updated Draft Procurement Schedule:

      Project Advertisement:  May 19th, 2020

      RFQ/Industry meeting:  June 19th, 2020

      SOQ shortlist:  July 2020

      RFP:  August 2020

      Award:  February 2021

  • Project Update 3/9/2020: Important Project Goals and Dates

    • Draft Project Goals:

      • Construct an innovative, low-maintenance Missouri River Bridge that will provide a century of service within the program budget.

      • Provide a safe, connective and accessible transportation facility that improves regional and local system performance.

      • Manage the impact to the travelling public during construction.

      • Complete the project by December 1, 2024, utilizing a diverse workforce.

    • Draft Procurement Schedule: 

      Advertise to industry:  April 28th, 2020

      RFQ/Industry Meeting: May 29th, 2020 

    • Shortlist: Early July 

    • RFP: Late July/Early August 

    • Award: February 2021

  • Update 2/24/2020: Public Hearing Scheduled for March 10

    The Missouri Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing with a focus on the Buck O'Neil Environmental Assessment Study (EA) Study. The study identifies the Buck O'Neil Bridge preferred alternative and the associated environmental impacts of the bridge project. The hearing took place from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the lobby of the Mid-America Regional Council office building, located at 600 Broadway Blvd., in Kansas City, MO. 

    Citizens were be able to review the Preferred Alternative and ask the study team questions and provide feedback by submitting a comment card in writing. 

    The Mid-America Regional Council is handicap accessible. For those in need of accommodations such as sign language, braille or foreign language interpreters, please contact MoDOT at least three working days before the event.   

    The study's purpose is to investigate and identify improvements for maintaining the infrastructure in the study corridor, creating a system that serves local and regional traffic and improve safety in the corridor. The Buck O'Neil Bridge EA included a public involvement program.

    You can download and read the EA in its entirety by clicking on the links below:  

    Environmental Assessment Study link

    Appendix 1

    Appendix 2

    In addition, the EA is currently available at the following locations; 

    MoDOT Kansas City District Office, 600 NE Colbern Road, Lee's Summit, MO

    Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St., Kansas City, MO

    Kansas City City Hall, 414 East 12th St., Kansas City, MO

    Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO

    Federal Highway Administration - Missouri Division Office, 3220 West Edgewood Dr., Suite H, Jefferson City, MO

    As part of this study, we currently have a public comment period, active until March 25. This gives citizens the opportunity to provide comments to the study team through a survey. You can access this survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYJTXR5

    Section 4(f)

    Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 USC 303), hereinafter referred to as "Section 4(f)", protects publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, waterfowl refuges, and significant historic and archeological resources. The following three resources are protected under Section 4(f).  Although land will be acquired from these properties, the activities, features, and attributes that make these properties eligible for protection under Section 4(f) will not be adversely affected.

    The Transcontinental and Western Airlines (T&WA) Building – located within the terminal areas of the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, the T&WA Building sits immediately adjacent to the north end of the existing Buck O’Neil Bridge. Additional land from the airport adjacent to the building will need to be acquired to accommodate the improved river crossing. Although the new river bridge may be closer to the building, the building will not be affected.

    The Municipal Airport Terminal Facility – like the T&WA Building, the Terminal is located on the airport property but away from existing US-169. Land acquired from the airport to accommodate the proposed project would not encroach upon the Terminal Building.

    West Terrace Park/Ermine Case Jr. Park – both public parks are perched upon the bluff overlooking the Missouri River and the project area. Additional right-of-way along I-35 at the base of the bluff will be needed to support construction of the proposed project. The open space and recreational facilities within these parks will not be affected by the acquisition of property along the base of the bluff.

    In compliance with Section 4(f) and its implementing regulations codified at 23 CFR Part 774, the FHWA in cooperation with MoDOT provides public notice of its proposal to make a Section 4(f) de minimis effect determination for all three resources, and provides the opportunity for public review and comment of this proposed determination.

  • 2/19/2020: Notice of a Public Hearing

    • Notice is hereby given to all interested persons that a public hearing meeting will soon be held to gather public input about the Buck O'Neil Bridge Environmental study, which has just concluded. 

      Citizens will be able to review the Preferred Alternative and ask the study team questions and provide feedback by submitting a comment card in writing.

      Since July of 2018, MoDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have been conducting an EA for an approximately four-mile stretch of US 169 in Clay and Jackson County Missouri, between the intersection of MO 9 and the I-35/12th St. interchange.

      The study’s purpose is to investigate and identify improvements for maintaining the infrastructure in the study corridor, creating a system that serves local and regional traffic and improve safety in the corridor. The Buck O’Neil Bridge EA included a public involvement program.

      Previously, MoDOT held a public meeting in February 2019, with an on-line meeting available to the public in July 2019. Through these meetings MoDOT provided information on the study process and alternatives evaluated. 

      A public meeting date has not been determined yet. 

  • 5/1/2019: Feedback from First Public Meeting

    • MoDOT hosted the first public meeting and online meeting for the environmental study. Thanks to the more than 200 customers who shared comments and responded to the online survey. Click here to see some of the highlights of the survey feedback. 

  • Project Update: Environmental Study Closed

  • 2/5/19: Online Meeting for Environmental Study

  • 1/29/19: Public Invited to Informational Meeting on Buck O'Neil Environmental Study

    • You are invited to attend a public information meeting on Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 concerning the current U.S. 169 The Missouri Department of Transportation has rescheduled its public information meeting regarding the Buck O’Neil Bridge Environmental Study. The meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Mid-America Regional Council offices, located at 600 Broadway Blvd, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105. 

  • 9/25/18: Environmental study begins this month on the Buck O'Neil Bridge
    • A potential new river crossing to replace the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge has entered the next phase. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the City of Kansas City, Missouri are working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to undertake an environmental study, which is required prior to rehabilitating or replacing the existing bridge. The study is being conducted by Burns & McDonnell in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Read more here: https://www.modot.org/node/6555
  • 11/18/19: Crews will close large portion of downtown loop for survey work
    • Crews complete survey work in effort to build a new Buck O'Neil Bridge. Closures were in place starting at 12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 until 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. 

       

  • Update: 12/4/2019
    • Crews have performed so far 6 geo-technical borings in the Missouri River. Fifty feet of rock core was obtained below the water surface.  All work is being performed from a barge and is in close coordination with the US Coast Guard, US Army Corps of Engineers and officials with the downtown airport.