Safe and Sound Bridge Projects

By Tom Hale | September 28, 2010

Thirty-five bridge projects awarded at a January Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission meeting brings to 50 the total number of bridge projects under contract as part of the state's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. The initiative, the largest bridge improvement program in state history, will repair or replace 802 of Missouri's worst bridges in five years.

"We're pleased that within just a few months of launching the Safe & Sound program in September, we are able to move ahead with 50 important bridge projects," said Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Pete Rahn. "Missourians have told us they want their bridges fixed, and we're working to deliver these improvements as quickly as possible."

According to MoDOT, the 50 bridges now under contract are all rehabilitation projects. At least 50 more will be put out for bids in the coming months. The department expects to award 554 bridge replacements this spring as part of a single design-build package. Three teams are competing for the contract.