Why is MoDOT doing this project?
Higher traffic volumes and larger loads have made it necessary for MoDOT to address these ailing bridges.
Both of these bridges are unusual and rare for the state of Missouri. They are historic superstructures based on their age and the design. There are only a few of these single, long-span bridges across the entire state. Both are more than 70 years old.
How does this project benefit me?
The Route 45 Bridges over Bear Creek and the BNSF Railroad will be replaced with two new structures to enhance the safety for 6,900 motorists traveling through the area. If no repairs are made to either bridge, the structures would soon become unsafe and have to be closed completely.
What is the project time line?
The Safe & Sound crews begin construction on the new Bear Creek Bridge sometime between October 2009 and July 2010. The BNSF Bridge will be complete by the end of 2010 with a new bridge built next to the existing structure.
How much does this project cost?
Both projects are a cost-share effort between MoDOT and Kansas City Power & Light.
The shoofly for the Beer Creek Bridge cost $372,917.The bridge over the BNSF is estimated at $6 million.
How do I learn more?
For more information, review the project maps and materials listed in the left column. You can also submit a comment, send an e-mail or give us a call. Lend your voice to the transportation process!