The replacement of the functionally obsolete Mission Road bridge over Rock Creek had been a priority for the City of Fairway, Kansas since the flood of 1998. The cost of the project had kept it only as a priority until the FHWA introduced the SATETEA-LU fund in 2005. Senator Pat Roberts helped secure 1 million dollars from the program to help fund the project.
Through the efforts of the City of Fairway, Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., Johnson Cunty Public Works, Senator Pat Roberts and Pyramid Contractors, Inc., the new Mission Road bridge was reopened in December 2008. The bridge was completed on schedule with an opening ceremony held December 10, 2008.
The project removed four homes from the 100-year floodplain, and has allowed for safe travel on a major road during a 1% storm. Besides the brige the project inlcuded roadway grading and pavement, sidewalks, storm and sanitary sewer relocations, utility relocations, creek channel expansion and grading, erosion control measures and vegetation restoration of native grasses, wildflowers and shade trees.
Pyramid Contractors, Inc. a heavy contractor and member of the Associated General Contractors of America since 1994, recognized early in the bid process the unique opportunity this project offered. Pyramid specializes in constructing haunch slab bridges and takes priding in building structures which exceed standard function by enhancing and beautifying the neighborhoods. Years of experience in designing and constructing the falsework for haunched slab bridges was a valuable asset for this project.
The curved alignment and variable width roadway presented unique challenges. By designing their own falsework plans, Pyramid was able to maintain constant communication between the field and the office allowing them to make adjustments and maintain production. In addition to the bridge, Pyramid removed the existing structure, performed excavation and site grading, installed the storm sewer system and the articulating block concrete erosion control and managed subcontractors for the other aspects of the project.
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The widening of 159th Street involved the improvements from the existing two lane to a four-lane divided roadway from Antioch to Metcalf. Included in this project were new storm sewers, turn lanes, curb and gutter, street lighting, raised median, sidewalks and bridges over U.S. 69 Highway.
Construction of the interchange with access to U.S. 69 Highway was not included in this project. However, this project was designed for future construction of the ramps when funding becomes available.
Pyramid completed this project in August 2012 and was named as the recipient of the Concrete Promotional Group 2012 Excellence in Concrete Awards - Bridge.
|Recipient of the Concrete Promotional Group 2012 Excellence in Concrete Awards - Bridge.|
In early July of 2010 during a routine inspection by MoDOT engineers damage was discovered from a settlement causing a wall to fail and the road to collapse on westbound I-470 near the interchange to westbound I-435. This made it necessary for MoDOT to immediately close the roadway.
Traffic was reouted north on both I-435 and US 71 Highway. The collapsed portion of the highway consisted of 5 lanes and handled 60,000 vehicles per day. MoDOT accelerated the design and construction process to reduce extensive delays and detours. On July 22, just 14 days after the highway closed, MoDOT awarded a $6.7 million contract to Pyramid Contractors, Inc. to repair the damaged highway with a contract wrap-up date of September 30.
HNTB Corp of Kansas City, MO provided the design for the repairs on a design-build format which allowed Pyramid to start work immediately. The contract called for removal of fill material, old pavement and walls in the collapse area and constructing of a 222 ft bridge extension.
The highway was reopened to traffic on August 27, 2010. In the end 20,000 man-hours were expended to complete the proect ahead of schedule.
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