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Crossing over

Following a collapse of the eight-lane I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, MN, in 2007, that killed 13 people and injured 145, officials in the state of Missouri rehabilitated or rebuilt 802 of its own bridges in five years. This article explores the fast tracking of the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which plays a central role in the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plan to improve the state's infrastructure. In doing so, the article first discusses the history of the program, which began in 2006 with proposals. The credit crisis delayed the program and later resulted in MoDOT pursuing a second procurement. The article describes the design process and the communication plan. One of the program's main goals was to complete the bridges with minimal impact on users, which meant closing each individual bridge initiative as quickly as possible. To keep the projects moving at a rapid, economical, and safe pace, the team adopted a policy of fully closing bridges when its members were onsite. Furth
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