Design-Build Information

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As per Sec. 227.107, RSMo, MoDOT was given the authority for three pilot projects using the design-build project delivery technique: The New I-64, kcICON and the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. Each was completed ahead of schedule and on, or under, budget.

Subsequently, the statute was amended to give MoDOT the opportunity to enter into design-build contracts on no more than two percent of the total number of all state highway system projects awarded to contracts for construction from projects listed in the commission’s approved statewide transportation improvement project for that state fiscal year.

Design-build is a delivery method that includes hiring one contracting team to complete the design work and build the highway improvement under one contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule and the contractor team completes the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and provide cost savings.

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Alternative Project Delivery Webinar

MoDOT has been working with AGCMO and ACECMO to improve communication on Design-Build and other Alternative Project Delivery methods and to look for opportunities to strengthen the program.

As part of that effort, MoDOT hosted a webinar on June 30, 2020, featuring a 30-minute presentation from a panel including MoDOT’s Dave Simmons, Don Rosenbarger of Delta Companies and Bruce Wylie from ACECMO.

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Design-Build Projects in Procurement


MHTC Selected Team to Deliver $21.3 Million Bootheel Bridge Bundle Project

Robertson Contractors Team to Improve Bridges Across Southeast Missouri

SIKESTON – Southeast Missouri travelers can soon expect to see more than 15 bridge improvement projects coming to fruition through the Bootheel Bridge Bundle design-build project. During today’s Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting, the Robertson Contractors Team, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, Missouri was selected to design and construct the $21.3 million project.

The Robertson Contractors Team is comprised of Robertson Contractors, Inc., Horner & Shifrin and Penzel Construction Company, Inc.

    “The purpose of the Bootheel Bridge Bundle project is to repair or replace 15 bridges on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s asset management plan for the Southeast District,” said Project Director Benji Philpot. “Due to the innovative nature of design-build projects, we also identified 10 more bridges as potential add-ons to increase the value of the project.”

    Contractor teams then submitted proposals detailing their plans for the 15 primary bridges and selected potential add-on bridges to also address.

    Philpot explained reviewing proposals from potential design-build teams was a rigorous process. The Bootheel Bridge Bundle team evaluated the use of innovation to maximize the number of bridges addressed, quality of proposed structures, traffic impacts, construction speed and scheduling and safety improvements.

    “Thank you to the teams who put in the time and effort to deliver a proposal for consideration,” he added. “Robertson Contractors’ proposal was deemed to be of the best apparent value to taxpayers based on the project goals.”

    The team’s proposal includes improving 17 bridge locations, with construction beginning as early as this fall. Completion of the design-build project is anticipated on or before Dec. 31, 2023.

    Thirteen bridges in the Bootheel Bridge Bundle are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

    For more information on the Bootheel Bridge Bundle, please visit the project webpage available at or call MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636).

    Aug. 14, 2020 – For immediate release        

    MoDOT Takes the Next Step to Building a New Buck O’Neil Bridge

    JACKSON/CLAY COUNTIES 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.

    “We are excited about the interest we have received in the project. Five teams have been selected to compete for the contract to oversee the design and construction of this bridge project,” said MoDOT Project Director Mary Miller.

    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

    Design-build projects combine both the design and construction phases into one contract. The selected contract team completes the design and construction in parallel instead of in succession, which saves time and resources.

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

    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, and serves 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, neighborhoods and communities on both sides of the bridge have changed significantly and now nearly 50,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

    “Thank you to everyone who expressed interest and put in the time and effort to deliver a SOQ for consideration,” Miller added.

    For more information on the U.S. Route 169 Buck O’Neil Bridge, please visit the project webpage available at:

    Project Goals:

    1. Construct an innovative, low-maintenance Missouri River Bridge that will provide a century of service within the program budget of $247.5 million.
    2. Provide a safe, connective and accessible transportation facility that improves regional and local system performance.
    3. Manage the impact to the travelling public during construction. 
    4. Complete the project by December 1, 2024, utilizing a diverse workforce.


    Procurement Schedule
    Project Advertisement July 6, 2020
    RFQ/Industry Meeting July 21, 2020
    SOQ Shortlist August 17, 2020
    RFP August 31, 2020
    Award February 2021

    The Central District Americans with Disabilities Act project will bring specific ADA pedestrian facilities located throughout the district into compliance to the maximum extent feasible in accordance with MoDOT Standards and the Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines.  For more information, Project Director Chris Brownell at, or (573) 526-4567.


    Mid MO ADA Project Status Update

    The Mid MO ADA Design-Build Project was postponed in April of this year due to anticipated loss of MoDOT’s fuel tax revenue as a result of the national shutdown of businesses surrounding the national pandemic.  MoDOT was tasked by the US DOT to keep our STIP projects moving forward as planned.  This project was moved out to a later fiscal year to help alleviate Central District revenue losses in the short term.  Currently, the Mid MO ADA Project has been placed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 and Central District is committed to maintain this award date.  Team meetings are again underway and the project is moving forward to a project advertisement later in 2020 or early 2021.  As the project progresses and more details are ready to be shared, they will be posted on the project website at


    Project Goals:

    1. Deliver the project within the program budget of $13.6 million.

    2. Bring designated pedestrian facilities into ADA compliance.

    3. Use innovation to maximize improvements that provide a long-lasting and safe pedestrian facility.

    4. Safely deliver a project that minimizes and mitigates construction impacts through construction staging and communication efforts.

    5. Complete the project no later than December 1, 2022.

    Upcoming Design-Build Projects


    I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport

    MoDOT will soon begin the procurement process for a Design-Build project to replace the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport. Though tentative, procurement is expected to begin in early 2021. A re-evaluation of the 2005 Environmental Assessment in this vicinity was completed earlier this year.

    Early Release Information for the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport is Now Available

    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 or Project Director Brandi Baldwin at


    Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program

    This $26 million design-build project will replace up to 41 bridges in northern Missouri, and was enabled by receipt of a $20.7 million federal grant under the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. MoDOT’s original application for the grant which contains the project information can be found here.The project schedule will be determined once more information is available, but MoDOT does not anticipate starting the procurement process until late 2020. For more information, contact Project Director Jeff Gander at

    Solicitation for Owner Engineer:


    Cave Springs Project Logo

    I-70 Cave Springs to Fairgrounds in St. Charles County

    This project will make crossroad, interchange and outer road improvements to I-70 in St. Charles County, between Fairgrounds and Cave Springs Roads, to make the corridor safer and more efficient. For more information, contact Project Director Stacey Smith at 314-453-5084 or by email at or visit the project website at



    1. Maximize improvements within the program budget of $62 million.
    2. Improve safety and efficiency of the transportation network while supporting connectivity for the local community.
    3. Provide a durable and maintainable transportation infrastructure allowing for future expansion.
    4. Minimize impacts to the traveling public during construction while safely delivering the project by November 1, 2023.
    5. Deliver the project using a diverse workforce.



    Procurement Schedule

    Project Advertisement

    November 2, 2020

    Industry Meeting/RFQ Release

    December 7, 2020

    SOQ Shortlist

    January 18, 2021

    RFP Release

    February 5, 2021

    Award at MHTC Meeting

    June 2021

    Projects with Scoping Only


    The purpose of this section is to identify potential future highway and bridge projects. These projects may be in the evaluation stage, which is called project scoping, or may be further along in the preliminary design process. Projects listed in this section are not commitments to construct or implement an improvement. These commitments won’t be made until the NEPA process is completed. These projects are being included in the STIP for the scoping or preliminary design phase only, and subsequent phases have not yet been determined or are beyond the STIP horizon period.

    For more information on MoDOT Design-Build projects, please contact Dave Simmons at 314-453-1878, or at


    • Missouri Route 740 (Central District) – No information available
    • I-44 Gasconade and Little Piney River (Central District) – No information available
    • Safety Improvements (Northwest District) – No information available
    • I-70/Route 131 Interchange at Odessa (Kansas City District) – No information available
    • I-70 Corridor Improvements (Kansas City District) – No information available
    • I-70 Realignment at Wentzville (St. Louis District) – No information available
    • Kansas City ADA Project (Kansas City District) – No information available
    • Safety Improvements (St. Louis District) – No information available
    • I-44 Bridge Bundle (Southwest District) – No information available

    Projects Underway

    Mineola Hill Climbing Lanes Design-Build Project

    This highway project was made possible by a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant in combination with the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport in Boone and ...

    I-270 North Project

    The I-270 North Design-Build Project seeks to improve reliability within the I-270 corridor, link communities, and enhance traffic operations so that the public has a durable and maintainable transpor...

    I-44 Project Bridge Rebuild

    On Feb. 6, 2019, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Emery Sapp & Sons/Parsons Transportation Group team as the design-build contractor for I-44 Project Bridge Rebuild...

    Completed Design-Build Projects

    U.S. Route 54 “Champ Clark Bridge” over the Mississippi River – Pike County

    On June 29, 2017, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Massman/HNTB team to design and construct a new Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Mo. The existing narrow two-lane bri...

    I-435 South Loop Link - Jackson County

    On Dec. 1, 2017, the Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission selected the Radmacher-Wilson Team – construction contractor Radmacher Brothers Excavating Inc. and the engineering design firm o...

    St. Louis Safety Project – Franklin and St. Charles counties

    In May 2017, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the NB West Contracting Company to improve safety at 31 locations in Franklin and St. Charles counties. Other members of the t...

    U.S. Route 69 Bridges – Kansas City

    In July 2014, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the American Bridge Company and Garver team as the design-build contractor for the U.S. Route 69 Bridges project. The $79 mil...

    Interstate 44/Route 141 – St. Louis County

    In January 2016, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Pace Construction team, including AECOM Technical Services, Kuesel Excavating Company and the Lochmueller Group, as th...

    I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River – St. Charles/St. Louis counti…

    In July 2012, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Walsh-Alberici joint venture team as the design-build contractor for the new I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge. The $125 million ...

    Route 364 Upgrade - Phase 3 – St. Charles County

    In February 2013, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Page Constructors Joint Venture, including Fred Weber Inc., Millstone-Bangert Inc., Kolb Grading with lead designer P...

    I-70 Bridges over Manchester Trafficway – Kansas City

    In July 2013, The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Clarkson Construction Company and HNTB team as the design-build contractor for the Manchester Bridge Project. MoDOT repl...

    The New I-64

    This project – the largest, single highway construction project in MoDOT history – involved rebuilding 10 miles of Interstate 64 from west of Spoede Road in St. Louis County to Kingshighway Boulevard ...


    The kcICON design-build project improved 4.7 miles of Interstate 29/35 in Kansas City from just north of Route 210 (Armour Road) to the northeast corner of the downtown Kansas City, MO. Freeway loop. ...

    Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program

    More than 800 of Missouri’s worst bridges were repaired or replaced under the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which was completed in October 2012 – under its $685 million budget and 14 mont...

    Project Freeway: U.S. 60 Rogersville

    In June 2014, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected the Ozark Regional Road Constructors, including Radmacher Brothers Excavating Company; Reynolds, Smith & Hills; CFS Engin...

    Columbia I-70 Bridges – Boone County

    In June 2015, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected Emery Sapp and Sons and the Parsons Transportation Group as the design-build contractor for the Columbia I-70 Bridges project...