April 03, 2018

U.S. 69 Missouri River Bridge honored by ACEC-Missouri

Garver provided lead design services for a new U.S. 69 Missouri River Bridge, which replaced two outdated structures to provide  a modern route connecting two states, counties, and cities.

The new bridge, which opened in March 2017 to replace the structurally deficient Fairfax and Platte Purchase bridges, was recently honored with an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri. 

“This provides the area with a safe, low-maintenance bridge that is very durable,” said Garver Senior Project Manager Blake Blakemore. “We designed the bridge to completely span the railroad tracks, and our design required significant interaction with the levee districts since our structure has foundation elements in the levees on each side of the Missouri River.”

In a design-build project with American Bridge, Garver provided bridge, hydraulics, roadway, maintenance of traffic, and drainage design. The new bridge connects Platte County, Missouri and Wyandotte County, Kansas and provides access to an industrial area on the south side of the river. The new structure consists of four lanes, utilizes steel plate girder and concrete girder superstructures, and is considerably shorter than the two previous bridges.

The American Bridge/Garver Team worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Transportation on the project, which includes a shared-use path and allowed for the realignment of a road and improvements to two intersections at each end of the bridge.

To learn more about what Garver’s Bridge Team can do for you, visit our Transportation services page.

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