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

September 2020

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, MoDOT announced Aug. 14 in a news release. Each of the teams comes 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.

Teams selected to further develop their proposals on the project are the American Bridge/Parsons Team, Lunda Construction Co., a joint venture involving Massman-Clarkson, the Traylor Ames Joint Venture, and 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 this link.

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