Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission has picked the Massman-Clarkson joint venture, made up of Massman Construction, Clarkson Construction and HNTB Corporation.

The new bridge over the Missouri River will cost close to US$220 million dollars to construct.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Kansas City District engineer Dave Silvester said: “This is such an important regional project that wouldn’t happen without the partnership between the City of Kansas City and MoDOT. We expect great things from this successful team effort.”

Massman-Clarkson competed against two other design-build teams - American Bridge and Traylor-Ames. The winning contractor had to meet or exceed several goals including: providing a direct connection between US Route 169 and Interstate 35; building a new bridge that can be reasonably maintained and will provide a century of service; and minimising the impact to the travelling public during construction.

The John Jordan ‘Buck’ O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge that carries US Route 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 service life. The bridge is nearly 65 years old and almost 50,000 vehicles use it daily.

Buck O'Neill Bridge

Construction of the new bridge is due to begin in spring of 2022, with the project fully completed by late autumn 2024.