Focus on Bridges
Governor’s “Focus on Bridges” program will improve or replace 260 bridges across the state
Missouri’s bridge program received a much-needed boost in 2019.
Throughout the year, Gov. Mike Parson repeatedly stressed the need to fund Missouri’s infrastructure. In his State of the State address, he asked the Missouri General Assembly to consider a concurrent resolution to fund 250 bridge projects – bridges already programmed for repair or replacement in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
The legislature ultimately approved $301 million in bonding revenue to repair or replace 215 bridges, contingent upon the department receiving collateral funding in the form of a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant.
In addition, the Missouri legislature included $50 million in general revenue in the fiscal year 2020 state budget to repair or replace 45 bridges throughout the state, and another $50 million for a cost-share program. All 45 bridges will be under contract by the end of the year.
MoDOT learned in late July Missouri had been awarded $81.2 million in INFRA funds toward replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport and construction of I-70 climbing lanes at Mineola Hill in Montgomery County, the largest competitive grant MoDOT has ever received. The award also initiated the governor’s “Focus on Bridges” program. The grant will also free up $301 million from the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for new transportation improvement projects.
We will do the best we can with what we have for as long as we can.
TAKING CARE OF OUR SYSTEM
$38 Million in Total Savings
With 33,838 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 million is sent back over time to take care of our system.
DESIGNING FOR EFFICIENCY
$1.5 Billion Savings
MoDOT is the birthplace of the Practical Design concept. Under the rallying cry of “Build Chevys – not Cadillacs,” MoDOT focused on core traveler needs and controlled costs. The effort earned the AASHTO President’s Transportation Award and became a Federal Highway Administration standard.
$86 Million in Additional Savings
MoDOT refinanced and paid off some bond debt years early, saving $86 million for roads and bridges.
$1.4 Billion in Additional Funds
Communities contribute to state highway projects to receive needed upgrades faster. If custom, decorative work is desired, those costs are contributed, too. In the last 10 years, locals shared $1.4 billion in additional local or federal funding to MoDOT projects.
IMPROVING ALL MODES
2019 AASHTO America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize Winner
The Infrastructure Improvements to Downtown St. Louis project, an $801 million collaboration between the Missouri and Illinois departments of transportation, improved travel times, delivered major multimodal enhancements to both states and provided a new connection to the Gateway Arch. The project included the new Stan Musial Memorial Bridge, connecting it to a relocated interstate by adding ramps to and from the Poplar Street Bridge and an extra lane between St. Louis and St. Clair County in Illinois. A park replaced the previous interstate location, with bicycle and pedestrian access points added to the banks of the Mississippi River.
I-435 Reconstruction Project Improves Safety and Congestion
In March 2019, MoDOT began reconstructing the Interstate 435/Interstate 70 interchange in Kansas City in Jackson County. This interchange is the first of its kind in the KC Region to use a design called a “partial turbine” which enhances safety and removes the less traditional left exits and improves the loop ramp configuration to relieve congestion. This project was identified in the I-70 Environmental Impact Study as one of the possible improvements to ease congestion and crashes often caused by merging and weaving at this location. Construction of the $47 million project is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.