Canal Bridge project makes the Post-Dispatch

Posted: 2011/12/26 in construction, IDOT

Shortly after midnight on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted this article regarding the canal bridge replacement project.  After thinking about that article the decision was to wait until people have wrote comments on the article, as the PD article was very similar to what KMOV had last month.  The comments was filled with opinions that the river bridge was the main problem, not the canal bridge.  This project will not solve the congestion bottleneck that happens every peak period.  In fact the traffic will stay at 2 lanes in each direction even after this project is over.

Right now the work is on the temporary lanes.  If you noticed eastbound around mile marker 2, there is a lane shift and the right shoulder is closed.  At least two incidents have occurred since this project started in that area, and one of those happened during peak periods.  Please slow down in that area.  This section of 270 already has a bad rap for incidents before the project started and now bald eagles will be in the area for the next few months.

  1. Edward Cory says:

    I was able to get in contact with someone from the district field office and got some preliminary information..
    I-270 Canal Bridge

    The project includes levee construction, bridge construction, bridge demolition, pavement removal, mechanically stabilized earth retention wall, Interstate highway construction on a new alignment and partial interchange reconstruction at IL Route 3, drainage improvements,

    construction of sign structures, box culvert construction, and new highway lighting. The project is located at the crossing of Interstate 270 over the Chain of Rocks Canal and over the Chain of Rocks Levee, near Granite City. This $104 million project was on the June 17, 2011 letting and construction is scheduled to begin October 31, 2011 and estimated to be complete by late fall 2014. This is the largest bridge construction project that the District has ever let to date. The Chain of Rocks Canal serves as the navigable channel for all Mississippi River barge traffic passing through St. Louis, and I-270 is one of the major St. Louis commuter links between Illinois and Missouri, with an ADT of 54,700 in 2007. The existing twin truss bridges also carry I-270 over the Chain of Rocks Levee which parallels the canal and is owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). It should also be noted that this contract has an executed “Project Labor Agreement”.

    Average Daily Traffic (ADT)

    I-270 54,700

    IL Rte 3 19,100

    Contract Information

    Letting Date: June 17, 2011

    Award Date: July 19, 2011

    Execution Date: August 1, 2011

    Start Date: October 31, 2011 (Anticipated)

    DBE Subcontractors goal: 25%

    Metal Shell piling 14” 4,500 feet

    Drilled Shafts 3,300 feet

    Concrete Substructure 8,000 cubic yards

    Concrete Superstructure 6,000 cubic yards

    Reinforcement Bars 4.1 million pounds

    Structural Steel Girders 20.3 million pounds

    Cont Reinf PCC Pavt 12” 36,000 square yards

    Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement 30,000 square yards

    Project Cost Construction= $104 million

    Prime Design Consultant Crawford, Murphy & Tilley, Springfield, IL

    Prime Contractor Walsh Construction Company, Chicago, IL

    Phase III Consultant Crawford, Murphy & Tilley, Springfield, IL

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