SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Three months after the collapse of the Route M overpass in Scott County due to a train collision, the Missouri Department of Transportation's Southeast District opened the new overpass.
The Route M overpass opened to traffic at noon Friday, Aug. 30.
"We worked as a team to accelerate this project," said MoDOT District Engineer Mark Shelton.
He explained the timeline for a 300-foot bridge like Route M typically includes four to five months to prepare plans and a six to eight month construction process.
"Plans for the new overpass were completed in 30 days, and the construction process was completed in 60 days," said Shelton. "I am very pleased to have the project completed so rapidly. It is vital for the safety of area motorists."
The overpass was built about 20 years ago to eliminate the use of at-grade railroad crossings in Rockview, Mo. Following the incident and the bridge's collapse, drivers were using the at-grade crossings.
Shelton added that completing the project quickly also minimized impacts to BNSF and Union Pacific railroads.
"The railroad, MoDOT personnel and Fred Weber Inc. worked to get the clean-up and demolition of the remaining portions of the bridge completed throughout Memorial Day weekend," Shelton said.
Following the early morning collision on Saturday, May 25, a majority of the clean-up was completed by Sunday evening, with trains running on one of the impacted tracks.
"Both of the railroads were very cooperative following clean-up as well," he said. "They expedited their review of the plans, scheduled track closures as the bridge beams were set and provided flaggers throughout the project."
He added Scott County was helpful as the MoDOT team planned detour routes, and Burns & McDonnell helped with the design of the new overpass.
On July 1, a $2,319,363 contract for construction of the overpass was awarded to Goodwin Brothers Construction Company.
"Our contractor went to work immediately and by Aug. 18 the deck pour was completed," Shelton said. "I appreciate their diligence in completing this project."
He explained this is a great example of what can be accomplished when various groups make a project a priority and work toward that goal as a team.