ROCHEPORT, MO (KMIZ)
Safety measures have been and continue to be a priority for Missouri Department of Transportation construction crews following an injury in late September while working on the new Rocheport Bridge.
MoDOT is currently working on the western portion of the bridge. This part of the project is expected to be completed by late spring next year. When the westbound bridge is completed, all traffic will be transferred to the bridge, and in the summer of next year the existing bridge will be demolished and work on the eastbound bridge will begin.
Baldwin said the bridge is on track and on budget. The westbound bridge is expected to be completed by spring 2023, and the eastbound lane is expected to be completed by December 2024.
“As such, all of our employees are required to wear safety glasses, helmets and life jackets at all times when above water,” said project manager Brandi Baldwin.
Anytime an employee is above water, working on deck, they must wear life jackets and attach themselves to safety wires.
“Especially with these very high risk items, being strapped in, wearing your life jacket when you’re above water, we respect that.” Baldwin said, “We’re doing a great job putting on our helmets, goggles and vests.”
Progress also continues to be made on the nearly $240 million Rocheport Bridge project.
“Over the past few months we’ve made a lot of progress, we’ve completed several of our land docks, and we have concrete and new girders in place,” Baldwin said.
The new bridge will be 3,120 feet long and will be a multi-span structure consisting of five weather-resistant steel plate girders spanning the Missouri River and 10 prestressed concrete girders.
MoDOT begins work on its steel erection, “which puts all the steel on the river channel,” Baldwin said.