I-70 Cave Springs to Fairgrounds
Design-Build

Project Description

The need for this project came from the I-70 Planning and Environmental Linkage Study (I-70 PEL) completed in 2018. The PEL Study resulted in High Priority Strategies for the five segments of I-70 within the Study Area. Besides in-depth engineering analyses, input was captured through a series of public meetings and workshops with local government partners.

High Priority strategies from I-70 PEL (Segments 2 and 3)

  • Upgrade infrastructure to better accommodate freight
  • Improve local/parallel road systems
  • Reduce/eliminate conflict points at interchanges
  • Improve interchange operations
  • Add/improve bicycle & pedestrian facilities

More information about the process that study followed, along with the final report, can be found here. The I-70 Cave Springs to Fairgrounds Project falls in Sections 2 and 3.

Project Map

Corridor Issues

  • This section of I-70 is one of the oldest interstate highways in the country and busiest in Missouri. It was built in the 1950s and 1960s. The interchanges at Zumbehl and Cave Springs were built in the 1960s and modified in the 1980s Over the past five years, there have been approximately 3,000 crashes (significantly higher than comparable interstates).
  • The interchanges are congested and inefficient, sometimes even backing up onto the interstate. Specifically, the exits at Zumbehl and Cave Springs are so congested at rush hours that traffic backs up onto the highway.
  • The outer roads are not used effectively because they are discontinuous, putting more local traffic on the interstate.
  • The outer roads, whether due to traffic mitigation countermeasures such as restrictive islands or due to simply not existing yet, are discontinuous and inefficient, increasing traffic on the interstate for local trips. Example: NOR does not exist from Fairgrounds to Zumbehl. Crossing the highway, whether to continue on the cross street or to access the interstate or outer roads, is time consuming due to four or more signalized intersections and hundreds of conflict points.
  • MoDOT has tried different strategies to improve traffic flow in the interchanges such as modifying signal timing and installing a concrete island at Cave Springs which prevents WB traffic on SOR from going through or turning left – the only option is to turn right toward the highway.
  • Bridges and roadways in this area need rehabilitation work – it is more efficient to do mobility improvements simultaneously with such rehabilitation work.
  • There are not many opportunities for pedestrians to safely cross the interstate in this section.
Car traffic
  • We have tried different strategies to improve traffic flow in the interchanges such as modifying signal timing and installing a concrete island at Cave Springs which prevents WB traffic on SOR from going through or turning left – the only option is to turn right toward the highway.
  • Bridges and roadways in this area need rehabilitation work – it is more efficient to do mobility improvements simultaneously with such rehabilitation work.
  • There are not many opportunities for pedestrians to safely cross the interstate in this section.

Possible Alternatives to Fix Problems

MoDOT is using the Design-Build method to design and construct this project. A design will be selected as the best-value proposal after the confidential proposal development in 2021. For information on some strategies MoDOT has used historically here and elsewhere in the state to improve traffic flow, click here.

Project Schedule

Complete

Letters of Interest

Complete

Project Advertisement

November 2, 2020

Complete

Industry Meeting

December 7, 2020

Complete

Virtual Public Open House

December 8, 2020
Click here to view a video from the open house.

Not Started

Industry Teams Prepare Confidential Proposals

Summer 2021

Not Started

Award at MHTC Meeting

Fall 2021

Not Started

Construction Begins

Spring 2022

Not Started

Construction Complete

Winter 2023

Project Goals

  1. Maximize improvements within the program budget of $62 million.
  2. Improve safety and efficiency of the transportation network while supporting connectivity for the local community.
  3. Provide a durable and maintainable transportation infrastructure allowing for future expansion.
  4. Minimize impacts to the traveling public during construction while safely delivering the project by November 1, 2023.
  5. Deliver the project using a diverse workforce.

Funding Information

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MoDOT & Federal Funding
$52 million
St. Charles County Cost Share
$10 million
Total: $62 million

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goals

14% for construction activities

20% for professional service activities


Federal Workforce Diversity Goals

14.7% Minority

6.9% Female