Wednesday, March 22, 2017

U.S. 69 Missouri River bridge opens in Kansas City

Garver has been designing bridges and roadways for nearly a century, but it’s still identifying and meeting new challenges. A much-needed replacement for two outdated Missouri River bridges will serve as a benefit to motorists traveling between two states while also marking the culmination of Garver’s first major transportation project in the area.

Representatives from Garver joined those from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Kansas Department of Transportation, American Bridge, and others during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to mark the opening of the new U.S. 69 Missouri River bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri.

The design-build project awarded to the American Bridge/Garver team replaced two deficient bridges, the northbound Platte Purchase Bridge and the southbound Fairfax Bridge, with a new, low maintenance, four-lane structure that connects Platte and Wyandotte counties. The new structure has a 100-year life expectancy and provides updated access to the Fairfax Industrial District, one of the United State’s oldest located in Kansas City, Kansas.

Numerous challenges were overcome working with so many agencies, including coordination with the department of transportation from two states, two levee districts, two municipalities, Union Pacific Railroad, and numerous utility providers. Because of the fast-track design schedule, Garver engineers Adam Hall and Dustin Tackett temporarily relocated to the Kansas City area to make sure that the project was completed on time.

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