Focus on Bridges
Governor’s “Focus on Bridges” program will improve or replace 250 bridges across the state
Gov. Mike Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” program, approved by the Missouri General Assembly in 2019 to improve or replace 250 of the state’s poorest bridges, made tremendous progress this year. The $351 million program is being funded by $50 million in state general revenue from the FY2020 budget, and by $301 million in bonding to be paid by state general revenue over seven years.
By the end of 2020, 152 bridges in the program will be under contract. That includes a package of 13 bridges bundled with four other bridges in a design-build project in MoDOT’s Southeast District – the Bootheel Bridge Bundle. More than 25 contractors have been awarded projects so far with the Focus on Bridges program.
The first bridge in the program completed was the Route 72 bridge over Stouts Creek in Iron County, which opened to traffic in December 2019. In FY2020, 21 bridges were completed. Since then nearly
80 more have opened to traffic while work continues on others.
We will do the best we can with what we have for as long as we can.
TAKING CARE OF OUR SYSTEM
$38.6 Million in Total Savings
With 33,832 miles of state highway to manage, taking care of our signs and signals is a big challenge. By reassessing our road sign needs, modifying sign design and installations, converting signal and roadway lighting to LED, merging multiple software contracts into one and scrutinizing every aspect of traffic signal design and operation, $38.6 million is sent back over time to take care of our system.
MODOT SECURES COMPETITIVE GRANTS
In State Fiscal Year 2020, MoDOT received three federal grants totaling more than $100 million, including: an $81.2 million INFRA grant—the largest discretionary grant Missouri has ever received — for the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport and the construction of I-70 climbing lanes at Mineola Hill in Montgomery County; a $20.7 million Competitive Highway Bridge Program grant to replace up to 41 poor, weight-restricted, timber pile and one-lane bridges in northern Missouri through the Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program; and $1 million to implement predictive models that consider different factors such as traffic volumes, weather or special events and predict the likelihood of crashes and response times on the I-270 North project.
Billions in Funding from Partners and ROW Leasing and Sales
Communities contribute to state highway projects to receive needed upgrades faster. If custom, decorative work is desired, those costs are also contributed. In the last 14 years, locals shared $1.5 billion in additional local or federal funding to MoDOT projects and by managing our right-of-way put $58 million to roads and bridges. Plus $107 million in additional savings came from refinancing and paying off some bond debt years early.
USING TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER PROJECTS
$20 Million in MoDOT Savings
Using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to streamline survey costs, LiDAR instruments are used to deliver needed topographical data to highway designers to create roadway plans. This method allows for safer, faster and more accurate collection of data on a large scale and is shown to be 56% less expensive than traditional aerial and land survey. Since implementing in 2007, this technology has saved taxpayers $8 million. MoDOT has been a pioneer in embracing this technology and expanding the program each year andwinning the ACEC Engineering Excellence Grand award in partnership with their consultant for two years straight.
I-435 Reconstruction Project Improves Safety and Congestion
The Missouri Department of Transportation Kansas City District completed the Interstate 435 South Loop Link design-build project in June 2020. This project, which began in spring 2018, completely rebuilt more than three miles of pavement through one of Kansas City’s top three regional commuter corridors, added an additional lane in both eastbound and westbound directions, and replaced and rehabilitated five bridges. This is a heavily traveled route that exceeds daily traffic counts of 150,000 vehicles a day.
Minimizing impacts to the public during peak travel hours was a large project goal. The key to the project’s success was all about shifting traffic. New lanes were built along the outside of the existing footprint,
then traffic shifted to and away from where work was needed next, allowing the completion of the bridge work in place simultaneously. Four traffic lanes were maintained through most morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The Interstate 435 South Loop Link design-build project recently won Project of the Year Award from the Mid-America Design-Build Institute of America.
MoDOT’s method of delivering large-scale projects through a designbuild format is relatively new. Design-build includes hiring a consultant to complete design and construction under one contract. MoDOT provides project goals, budget and schedule. This technique has proven to significantly save time and money. MoDOT has delivered 13 design-build projects in total 95 months ahead of schedule and saved Missouri taxpayers $304.8 million.