Friday, March 3
7:15–9:15 am | Plenary Breakfast
Plenary Project Presentation - A Look Behind the MoDOT Curtain
Speaker: Tom Evers, PE, Assistant District Engineer, MoDOT
Speaker: Justin Wolf, PE, Project Director for the I-270 corridor project, MoDOT
This session will highlight some of the history and inner workings of MoDOT and how the department has advanced throughout the years. A few local projects will be highlighted describing their unique construction techniques. The Project Director of the I-270 corridor project will also describe in detail some of the innovations that their team is putting into practice in the St. Louis Region. The candid conversation will offer the opportunity to learn about MoDOT’s safety and service; program delivery, and project management that brings the best possible value to Missouri taxpayers and use existing resources wisely.
Saturday, March 4
12:00–1:30 pm | Closing Plenary Luncheon
Merchants Bridge Truss Planning & Construction
Moderator: Daniel Sieve, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction Company II, LLC.
Speaker: Eric Fields PE, esq., Chief Engineer, Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA) of St. Louis
Speaker: Nick J. Staroski, PE, SE, Assistant Vice President, TranSystems
Walsh Construction along with Mammoet is replacing the steel truss spans at the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis’ Merchants Bridge, part of the rehabilitation of the historic rail bridge. Walsh is replacing three truss spans, each measuring 520-feet-long and weighing 9,000,000 pounds, by assembling on barges, floating into position, and raising the spans over 60 feet above the Mississippi River after removing the existing 3.5 million pound, 130 year-old spans in a similar manner. Each span is replaced during a 10-day track closure coordinated with two 24-hour channel closures for river traffic. The technique was used on the first and second trusses in September 2021 and March 2022 with the third and final truss erection expected in August of 2022.
The Merchants Bridge rehabilitation focuses on replacing the three river truss spans, strengthening the existing river substructures and improving the adjacent approaches, which will provide upgraded and more efficient track service for the twin-track bridge, reduce maintenance, and extend the lifespan of the important river crossing. Previously, rail traffic had been restricted due to weight and width limitations. Increasing the capacity and dependability of the bridge will assist in meeting the projected freight and passenger rail demand. With the improvements being made, the historic bridge can continue to be an important national link between Illinois and Missouri into the next century.
- The logistical issues related to design and construction within the river boundaries.
- The construction engineering implemented to perform this heavy-civil and marine construction project.
- How the effective collaboration between owner, contractor & engineer resulted in a successful project