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Project Profile: Missouri Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program

Missouri Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program

photo credit: Missouri State Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Jefferson City


State of Missouri

Project Sponsor / Borrower

Missouri State Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Jefferson City

Program Areas

Alternative Project DeliveryProject Finance




There are 10,405 bridges on the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) system with at least 1,093 in Condition 3 (serious) or Condition 4 (poor). The Missouri Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program replaced or rehabilitated 802 of these bridges.

Of the 802 bridges, 248 bridges were selected by MoDOT for rehabilitation. These bridges were put out to bid in groups based on location, type or repair work, or project size.

The remaining 554 bridges were replaced. MoDOT grouped these individual projects into one single Design-build contract. KTU Constructors was selected to complete the construction of these bridges by December 31, 2013. Initially anticipated to take five years, the entire program was completed after just 3.5 years in November 2012.

Total Program Cost - $685 million

Design-bid-build contracts total - $198 million

Design-build total - $487 million
Funding Sources

Indirect GARVEE bonds (Federal Reimbursement State Road Bonds)

Project Delivery / Contract Method

Design-bid-build (Rehabilitation)

Design-build (Replacement)

Private Partner

Design-build Contractor - KTU Constructors

  • Kiewit Western Company
  • Traylor Bros., Inc.
  • United Contractors, Inc.
  • HNTB Corporation
  • The LPA Group, Inc.
Project Advisors / Consultants




Duration / Status

Rehabilitation via design-bid-build contracts began in late 2008 and reconstruction under the design-build contract started in fall 2009. The program was completed on November 9, 2012, 18 months sooner than initially anticipated and more than one year ahead of the design-build contractor's promised schedule.

Financial Status

MoDOT sold indirect GARVEE bonds to pay for the program, with 24 annual payments of approximately $50 million, which is about one-third of the Federal-aid bridge replacement funds it receives each year. These bonds are considered indirect GARVEE bonds because Missouri pledged all Federal-aid construction reimbursements when it issued its debt.

  • The Program was originally envisioned as a Design-build-finance-maintain project. However, the economic downturn in 2008 made such a procurement process less feasible and a different delivery method was devised. In September 2008, the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission (MHTC) directed MoDOT to advance with the program in its current form, resulting in savings of more than $500 million over the previous contract model.
  • The rehabilitation of the 248 bridges is also innovative as it is being contracted via a modified design-bid-build approach where bridges are grouped by location, size or type of improvement. This allows for expedition of the construction schedule.
Related Links / Articles

MoDOT Project Webpage


Robert Brendel
Outreach Coordinator/Program Delivery
Missouri Department of Transportation
105 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Tel. (573) 751-8717

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