Missouri's Safe And Sound Bridge Improvement Program Progresses

By Curt Grandia | September 28, 2010

Missouri's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program to improve more than 800 bridges by the end of 2012 is progressing according to plan. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in November identified four contractor teams to compete for the contract to design, build, finance, and maintain the bridges.

MoDOT received interest from five contractor teams. The four qualifying teams, with major participants listed, are as follows:

  • Advanced Bridge Infrastructure Group
    Bilfinger Berger BOT, Inc.; Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.; VMS, Inc.; and DEPFA Bank, plc.
  • Missouri Bridge Partners
    Zachry American Infrastructure; Infrastructure Corporation of America;
    HNTB Corporation; Clarkson Construction, Inc.; Fred Weber, Inc.; URS
    Corporation; and CONTECH Bridge Solutions.
  • Team United
    United Contractors; Cramer/United/Jensen JV; APAC-Missouri; RBC Dain Rauscher; Wachovia Capital Markets; and LPA Group.
  • Partnership Missouri
    Major Participants: Transfield Services; CH2M Hill; Macquarie Investment Holdings; DMJM Harris/AECOM; HDR; Emery Sapp & Sons; and The Vandiver Group.

The teams have until February 1 to respond to the final request for proposals MoDOT provided December 6. The department plans to select a team by May with construction to begin shortly after the selection.

"We are very pleased that the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program will proceed with four qualified teams," said Safe & Sound Project Director Ken Warbritton. "The teams include companies with a blend of strong local, national and international reputations and bring considerable Design-Build-Finance-Operate experience to the project. We look forward to working through the procurement process in the coming months to select the best team to improve more than 800 bridges across the state at the best value for the state of Missouri."

Concurrent with its selection of qualified teams, MoDOT finalized the list of bridges to be included in the project after evaluating comments submitted by its planning partners. The final list includes 802 bridges spread across the state with at least one in each of the state's 114 counties.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and MoDOT Director Pete Rahn unveiled the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program in September. The team selected will determine the improvement strategy for each structure. Utilizing the Design-Build project delivery method that combines both the design and construction phases into one contract, the team selected will be expected to bring innovation to the project in order to save time and resources. Additionally, the team selected will finance the project and maintain the program's bridges for at least 25 years.

MoDOT has established design-build goals for the project and the contractor team will be selected using a best value process to determine the team who can best meet or beat the following goals:

  • Deliver the Safe & Sound Program for the least possible cost;
  • Restore all bridges in the program to at least satisfactory condition on or before December 31, 2012;
  • Minimize the duration of public inconvenience during construction and maintenance;
  • Maximize community and stakeholder acceptance; and
  • Maintain the structures for a minimum period of 25 years after they are upgraded, then return them to MoDOT in satis factory condition.