03 November 2011
Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission has awarded Walsh Construction a US$62.7 million contract to complete major repair and replacement work on the 1958 westbound Interstate 70 Blanchette Bridge.
On average, this section of I-70 over the Missouri River carries approximately 160,000 vehicles per day in both directions crossing between St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
Work will include the replacement of the truss sections of the bridge, replacement of the entire driving surface of the five-lane bridge, and repairs and replacements to many other major elements. The project could begin as early as January 2012 and must be complete by April 2014.
"This project includes a major facelift for this bridge to enable it to last another 50 years,” said Missouri Department of Transportation area engineer Tom Evers. “ We are pleased to get a good contract and get the work under way," he said. "Over the next couple of months, the contractor will be ordering steel and other supplies and working with us on their detailed schedule.”