Dec. 29, 2010 – A cold, steady mix of rain and drizzle failed to keep work on the new Mississippi River bridge north of downtown St. Louis from moving forward.
Reporters were given a unique, on-site, first-hand look at the early stages of the construction project Wednesday.
Greg Horn, project director for MoDOT, said so far they’re on-time and on-budget but added that it hasn’t been easy.
They lost several working days over the summer due to flooding, and went into overdrive to make it up.
“They’ve been working a 10-hour day shift, a 10-hour night shift six days a week to catch up,” Horn told reporters. “And we’re right where we need to be at this point.”
The 1,500 foot wide span, the 3rd-longest of its kind in the U.S., is scheduled to be completed in early 2014 at a total cost of $640 million.
The Statewide Inclusion Advisory Council will advise the state Transportation Department on diversity issues with employment, procurement and construction. The council will include contractors, leaders from women- and minority-owned businesses and labor.
MoDOT’s director of equal opportunity and diversity will oversee the advisory council. It is to meet regularly with department leaders and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
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