A Missouri Department of Transportation project that built new bridges in each of Missouri’s 114 counties and was completed more than a year early and under its $685 million budget has been named one of the nation’s two best projects that were completed in 2012.
The Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program yesterday received the People’s Choice Award at the America’s Transportation Awards competition.
Safe & Sound replaced or repaired 802 of the state’s poorest bridges. Work began in 2009 and the final bridge was completed in November last year, two years earlier than MoDOT’s goal, and more than a year ahead of the commitment established by the project’s design-build contractor, KTU Constructors.
This is the second time MoDOT has won in this competition that is now in its sixth year. The reconstruction of I-64 in St. Louis was the winner of the Grand Prize in 2010, which is chosen by a panel of judges. Utah won that award this year for a project that expanded Interstate 15.