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Posted on: October 15, 2021

City extends contractor bid deadline for Jefferson Avenue Footbridge rehabilitation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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The City of Springfield has issued an addendum to its solicitation for contractor bids for the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge rehabilitation project, extending the deadline for proposal submissions through 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. 

The addendum issues minor modifications to the original bid providing clarification on a few items and allowing more time for interested contracting companies to submit qualified bids.    

“So far in the solicitation, we have received a lot of questions and apparent interest in the project,” explains Project Manager Nicholas Edelman. “More time has been a request that has come up on several occasions. Delaying the bid opening for another week will help ensure we receive as many qualified bids as possible, but it will not push us back on our timeline to award the project and move forward with construction.”

Bid Documents, plans and addendums can be obtained at Springfield Blue Print at (219 E. Pershing) or  online at www.spfdblue.com. For further bidding information, contact project manager Nicholas Edelman at 417-864-1932.

Learn more about the effort to rehabilitate Springfield’s Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, visit springfieldmo.gov/footbridge.

 

About the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge

Built in 1902, the 562-foot-long steel bridge allows pedestrians to cross 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard between Chase Street and Commercial Street.

The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge was the first of its kind to be built in Missouri and is unique in engineering and historic significance. The footbridge was built at public expense by The American Bridge Company of Pennsylvania. Its innovative multi-arched cantilever design made it possible for workers to construct the bridge by spanning out over the railroad tracks, thereby minimizing impacts to the rail lines below. The bridge also represents the history of two cities coming together – North and South – and the community’s connection to the railroad and the commercial growth opportunities it provided. 

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge continues as a symbol of growth and opportunity today. Prior to its closure, the bridge served as a vital pedestrian and bicycle connection, linking the booming Commercial Street Historic District to the Woodland Heights Neighborhood and helping to spur growth of the Moon City Creative District across the tracks to the north.

On March 1, 2016, the footbridge was closed due to safety concerns after Public Works discovered corrosion and steel loss during a routine inspection. The City hired Springfield-based Great River Engineering (GRE) to conduct an in-depth structural evaluation of the bridge. Results uncovered deficiencies in more than one third of the primary structural members and required the continued closure of the bridge until extensive repairs could be made.

The solicited construction project will involve the complete rehabilitation of the existing 25,066-pound steel bridge structure, involving the repair and replacement of existing deficient structural members, removal and replacement of wood decking, replacement of stairs, application of a new paint system and installation of lighting. Two elevators will be installed on the north and south approaches to bring the bridge into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide equitable access to all. 

The City has budgeted $3.2 million for construction and related engineering services. Eighty percent of the cost will come from Surface Transportation Block Grants (STBG) with a 20% local match divided among various funding sources, including the ¼-cent Capital Improvement and 1/8-cent Transportation sales taxes. The match also relies on $50,000 raised by the Commercial Club of Springfield. The group continues to accept donations toward the project and ongoing maintenance through the “Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Fund” administered through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.   

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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected] 

Learn more about the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.
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