Summary of Lewis and Clark Viaduct Phase 2


Contact Information

Organization: KDOT
Contact person: Allison Smith
Title: Environmental Coordinator/MPO Liaison
Phone: 785-296-0341
Organization address: 700 SW Harison
  Topeka, KS    66603

General Information

1. Project name: Lewis and Clark Viaduct Phase 2
2. City(ies), County(ies), State: Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas
3. Routes, interchanges and/or intersections: I-70
4. Primary project mode: Bridge 
5. Supplementary project mode(s): * Active Transportation * Freight * Highway/Roadway * Transit )
This project will connect the various modes upon bridge replacement as it does now. Motorists and freight shippers will find a much safer facility. Future transit routes to industrial areas and activity centers in Kansas City, KS and Missouri will be accommodated in the corridor. Non motorized travel will utilize connected local trail systems. Further, this project addresses stakeholder concerns regarding continued appropriate access, of freight in particular, to the Fairfax industrial District.
6. Project Purpose: * System preservation, rehabilitation or replacement * System operations and management )
7. Project sponsor: Allison Smith
8. Total budget in 2019 dollars: $155000000
9. Project description: The intent of this project is to replace rehabilitation and/or replacement of the nine Lewis and Clark Viaduct bridges and associated roadway improvements within the study area that facilitates safe and efficient traveler mobility Improve infrastructure condition, enhance safety, improve traveler mobility and accessibility, and support KCKs economic (re)development initiatives. The primary users would be motorists, non motorized users, and freight shippers Phase 1 of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct projects will be completed in Spring 2020. Phase 2, the EB bridge, will continue to undergo annual bridge inspections. Its condition is a trigger for us to decide when to move forward with replacement project.
10. Scope: In the Spring of 2011, KDOT and several project partners began a study to develop a masterplan for the bridges and associated roadway improvements in the study area. The primary goal of this work was to improve the infrastructure condition of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct by rehabilitating or replacing the aging and deficient bridge and roadway. Within the masterplan, bridges within were prioritized based on need for rehabilitation/replacement. Phase 1 replacement of the WB I-70 bridge is currently underway. This project is for Phase 2 Bridge 031 – EB Viaduct (I-70) which will be replaced as well based on the condition of the truss spans, steel girder floor beams, and steel column bent spans. The expected outcome of the sum of both phases is new bridges, significant safety improvements, geometric improvements, and improved accommodations for all modes.
11. Project schedule: When funding is made available for this project, a schedule of the phases will be determined. It is expected to be built in 2031-2040, but that is dependent on the condition of the EB bridge.

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Jim Schraeder said...

The replacement of the eastbound viaduct must also include replacement of the outdated and unsafe flyover ramp from the westbound viaduct to westbound on-grade I-70.

10/25/2019 8:13:43 PM


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