MoDOT Plans Two Major Bridge Projects in 2012

Replacing Daniel Boone Bridge with design-build contract to be awarded next summer

The Missouri Department of Transportation has released preliminary plans for a new Daniel Boone Bridge to carry eastbound traffic on Interstate 64/Highway 40 over the Missouri River, and then shift westbound traffic over to what is now the eastbound span. Today's westbound bridge was built in 1935 and will be demolished.

MoDOT has allocated $125 million to the project. Officials expect to award a design-build contract for the project next summer.

The Daniel Boone span isn't the only bridge project MoDOT plans next year on the Missouri River between St. Charles and St. Louis counties. The Blanchette Memorial Bridge's westbound span, built in 1958, could be torn down to its piers sometime next year for a year-long, $60 million construction project.

(More on MoDOT's 2012 bridge projects . . . )