Daniel Boone Bridge

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Daniel Boone Bridge
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The 1989 bridge (left) alongside the original span. A new bridge has since been built to replace the original structure.
Coordinates 38°41′17″N 90°39′47″W / 38.688°N 90.663°W / 38.688; -90.663Coordinates: 38°41′17″N 90°39′47″W / 38.688°N 90.663°W / 38.688; -90.663
Carries 8 lanes of I-64 / US 40 / US 61
Crosses Missouri River
Locale St. Louis County and St. Charles County in Missouri
Maintained by Missouri Department of Transportation
Characteristics
Design Continuous truss bridge (westbound span)
Deck girder bridge (eastbound span)
History
Opened 1989 (westbound span)
2015 (eastbound span)
Statistics
Daily traffic 88,317 (2008)[1]

The Daniel Boone Bridge is the name for two bridges carrying Interstate 64, U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 61 across the Missouri River between St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri. The older bridge, which carries westbound traffic is a continuous truss bridge, while the newer bridge, which carries eastbound traffic is a deck girder bridge.

1935 bridge[edit]

The original bridge was opened in June 1935.[2] Initially serving both directions of travel (one in each direction) it was restriped for three lanes total, with the middle lane being a signal-controlled reversible lane. Following the opening of a parallel span in 1989, the bridge was rehabilitated, then converted to serve two lanes of westbound traffic (while the new bridge served eastbound traffic). In 2001, MoDOT again striped the bridge back to three lanes to add an extra westbound lane through the area. As the AADT rapidly increased, there came to be an increasing need for a wider bridge with standard-width lanes and shoulders (both of which the bridge lack). Furthermore, the aging structure has reached the point in life where regular maintenance is required, which not only is a money drain to the state, but is also an inconvenience to drivers, due to the lane closures needed to safely make the repairs. As a result, MODOT started planning for a new replacement in the early 2000s. Construction started in the spring of 2013, it opened to eastbound traffic on June 28, 2015. Even though the bridge is eligible for the NRHP list, it is slated to be demolished in 2016 once rehabilitation work is completed on the 1989 span, which will serve westbound traffic.

1989 bridge[edit]

MoDOT opened an additional bridge upstream of the original span, as a result of increased congestion. The bridge was initially built for two eastbound lanes, however the shoulders were converted to travel lanes in 2001, for a total of four lanes. The bridge closed on June 28, 2015 and is currently in the process of being rehabilitated. Once done, it will serve as the westbound span.

2015 bridge[edit]

As a result of the narrow lanes and constant problems with the aging westbound structure, MODOT started studies for a new replacement around 2001 or 2002. Funding was finally unveiled in 2011,[3] and in November, 2012 a design-build contract was awarded to the Walsh-Alberici joint venture team with designer Burns & McDonnell. Construction started in 2013 on a girder bridge, located upstream of the two existing bridges. All four eastbound lanes were routed onto the new bridge on June 28, 2015. The new bridge also features a bike/pedestrian attachment, which connects the Katy Trail to the Monarch Levee Trail.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 District 6 Traffic Volume and Commercial Vehicle Count Map" (PDF). MoDOT. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. ^ St. Charles Banner News June 25, 1937. Elaborate Plans for Bridge Dedication Saturday
  3. ^ "Commission approves funding for new Daniel Boone Bridge". MoDOT. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Gremaud, Jim. "New Missouri River Bridge (Daniel Boone)". MODot. Retrieved 2012-08-30.