This design-build project delivered 17 bridge improvement projects to Southeast Missouri travelers. Thirteen bridges in the Bootheel Bridge Bundle were also included in Governor Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.
“The Bootheel Bridge Bundle was the first design-build project in MoDOT’s Southeast District,” said MoDOT Project Director Benji Philpot. “Design-build projects combine both the design and construction phases into one contract.”
Philpot said that saving time is a benefit of this project delivery method. “One of our goals was to have the improvements completed no later than December 31, 2023,” he said. “The project team exceeded that expectation by completing this project two months ahead of schedule.”
The Robertson Contractors Team, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was selected to design and construct the $21.3 million project in August 2020. The Robertson Contractors Team is comprised of Robertson Contractors, Inc., Horner & Shifrin, and Penzel Construction Company, Inc.