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AGC of Missouri, MoDOT Celebrate 65 Years of Interstates, Policy Org Releases Transport Report

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

The Associated General Contractors of Missouri, Missouri Dept. of Transportation and elected officials from St. Charles city and county celebrated the 65th anniversary of the genesis of America’s interstate highway system on Aug. 13.

Missouri was the first state to break ground on what would become a nationwide network of 46,876 paved miles of interstate routes, of which nearly 1,400 miles are in Missouri. During President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s term, the federal government let contracts to begin building. The stretch of Interstate 70 where last week’s celebration took place represents the first spot in the U.S. where shovels hit dirt to begin constructing the interstate system.

“Right here, the first shovel of dirt turned on the greatest economic engine in the U.S., our interstate system,” said Len Toenjes, president of the AGC of Missouri.

Tom Blair, MoDOT St. Louis District engineer, said the agency is ready to move forward on several Tier I projects awaiting funding through the proposed $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal approved by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 10 and awaiting action in the House. The bill devotes $550 million in new spending for roads and bridges, broadband internet, public transit and electric utilities.

The prioritized (currently unfunded) projects are: I-70 at I-64, I-70 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, a segment of I-270 that is only two lanes in both directions and I-55 in Jefferson County.

“MoDOT stands ready to produce increased results as a result of this increased investment,” Blair said.

Also part of the Aug. 13 interstate anniversary celebration was Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, director of communications and research for TRIP, a DC-based nonprofit national transportation research group. The organization just released recommendations for the restoration and renewal of the interstate highway system. To see the full report, go to https://tripnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/TRIP_Missouri_Interstate_Report_August_2021.pdf

“As of May 2021, the level of interstate volume is 3 percent above 2019 levels,” said Kelly. “Missouri has the 9th highest volume in the nation in terms of interstate truck traffic. It’s critical that the U.S. provides long-term, sustainable and adequate transportation infrastructure funding. The long-term vision that helped establish our interstate highway system 65 years ago is needed again today.”

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New Speakers Added To Transportation, Utility, Public Works Contracting Agenda At 2018 Investment In Infrastructure Expo February 27

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailSix new speakers will join five returning officials from large governmental organizations and utilities that oversee the St. Louis area’s public infrastructure to discuss upcoming construction contracting opportunities, the economic outlook for the industry and new regulatory requirements at the 2018 Investment in Infrastructure Expo on February 27 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Sponsored by the SITE Improvement Association, the 2018 Expo will feature an afternoon of breakout sessions describing upcoming projects, an annual economic outlook for the local construction industry, an exhibit hall filled with industry vendors and a reception for all attendees, buyers and vendors.  Last year’s event attracted more than 400 attendees and 50 vendors.

The new presenters include:

  • Daniel Dreisewerd, P.E., PTOE, Acting Director, St. Louis County Department of Transportation and Public Works. He leads a team of 750 employees who maintain, plan, design and construct the County’s roadway and facilities infrastructure.
  • Bill McDonald, Area Director of the Occupational Health & Safety Administration.
  • Patrick Owens, Senior Project Manager, Great Rivers Greenway. He has developed $15 million of trail and greenway improvements over the last two years in both St. Louis County and St. Charles County.
  • Dave Pruitt, Engineering Construction Manager, Missouri American Water. He has been responsible for delivering $120 million in capital water main replacement/relocation budgets.
  • Bill Schnell, P.E., Assistant District Engineer, MoDOT. Bill is responsible for the department’s Planning, Programming, Design, Design-Build, Right-of-Way and Construction departments for MoDOT’s St. Louis District.
  • Patrick Quinn, Chairman, St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation. He is leading the effort to build a multi-purpose ice sports complex in Maryland Heights.

The following officials will be returning for their second annual presentation at the Expo:

  • Amanda Brauer, P.E., PTOE, Manager of Roads and Traffic, St. Charles County. She oversees more than $20 million per year in tax revenue used for road improvements to enhance the mobility and safety of roads within the County.
  • Jason Jonas, P.E., Public Works Director, Jefferson County. He has over 19 years of experience in the road and bridge industry, including the past six years as County Engineer and Public Works Director for Jefferson County.
  • Kevin L. Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He will present on overview of the St. Louis area’s construction market trends for 2018 and beyond.
  • John P. Kohler, P.E., Planning and Programming Manager, City of St. Louis. He has successfully managed the development of 50 federally funded transportation improvement program projects totaling over $140 million.
  • Rich Unverferth, P.E., Director of Engineering, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. He is responsible for overseeing the planning, design and construction of the district’s multi-year, multi-billion dollar capital improvement program.

Tickets for Expo attendees, which include appetizers and drinks at the reception in the exhibit hall, are $30.  Click here to register for the 2018 Investment in Infrastructure Expo or visit www.sitestl.org for more information!

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specially contracting segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members.  SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

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2018 Infrastructure Expo to Connect Contractors with St. Louis Area Transportation, Utility, Public Works Projects

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FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailContractors interested in learning about business opportunities in upcoming transportation, utility and public works construction projects in the St. Louis area can meet the buyers of those projects, learn about the details and connect with helpful equipment suppliers and subcontractors at the second annual Investment in Infrastructure Expo to be held February 27 at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Sponsored by the SITE Improvement Association, the 2018 Expo will feature an afternoon of breakout sessions describing upcoming projects, an annual economic outlook for the local construction industry, an exhibit hall filled with industry vendors and a reception for all attendees, buyers and vendors.  Last year’s event attracted more than 400 attendees and 50 vendors.

“We will have the buyers for more than $500 million in 2018 infrastructure projects together in one place for contractors to meet and develop meaningful business opportunities,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of the SITE Improvement Association.  “The heightened interest and discussion now going on at the state and federal levels about the need for infrastructure improvement programs makes this event even more compelling.  We encourage all contractors to attend, even if you have not previously worked on infrastructure projects.”

New to this year’s lineup of buyers participating in the Expo is Missouri American Water Company, OSHA and St. Louis Ice Center in Maryland Heights.  They will join returning buyers including Missouri Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Sewer District, City of St. Louis Board of Public Service, St. Louis County Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Department of Public Works, St. Charles County Road Board and Great Rivers Greenway.  An economic forecast will be provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  Additional speakers will be announced as they are added.

Tickets for attendees, which will include appetizers and drinks at the reception in the exhibit hall, are $30.  Sponsorship opportunities and booth space in the exhibit hall are available for equipment dealers and suppliers, as well as for construction, architecture, engineering and other professional services firms.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.

SITE is an independent construction contractor group representing 200 contractors and businesses primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specially contracting segments.  It represents the interests of its members in negotiations with labor unions, promotes political and legislative agendas and provides safety and technical training for members.  SITE has been in continuous operation since 1966.  For more information, visit www.sitestl.org.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail