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Christopher S. Bond Bridge, Kansas City, Mo.

Christopher S. Bond Bridge Photo Credit: Cathy Morrison


A Bridge Built for the Long Haul


This cable-stayed, six-lane bridge spanning the Missouri River in downtown Kansas City, Mo., is maximizing safety, mobility, and aesthetic and capacity improvements for the 102,000 vehicles that travel the Interstate 29/35 corridor daily. The new structure was named the Christopher S. Bond Bridge to honor the former U.S. senator from Missouri.


The three-year, $245 million project - dubbed kcICON - upgraded a 4.7 mile section of the I-29/35 corridor. The project name refers to the "Kansas City interstate connections" of I-29/35 as well as the iconic nature of cable-stayed bridges. It is expected to provide more than a century of useful service, notes kcICON Project Director Brian Kidwell.


The 1,715-foot-long bridge was completed in December 2010, on budget and six months ahead of schedule, says Jennifer Benefield, Kansas City district customer relations manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).


The structure is supported by 40 stay cables that radiate in a semi-fan arrangement from a single reinforced-concrete, delta-shaped pylon. The top of the delta pylon extends about 316 feet above the river's surface. The 40 cables are illuminated by cannon lights.


Additional aesthetic lighting features a unique system located along the outer edges of structure's main support beams. A series of 106 interconnected color-changing panels can display a multitude of colors in a variety of patterns "One-color panels to complex color patterns are used to complement seasonal changes and community events," Benefield points out.


The new bridge was built adjacent to the Paseo Bridge, which was demolished.


Lafarge SFTM cement was used to meet the high-performance pre-cast concrete specifications for the kcICON bridge project. Lafarge SFTM cement is a Portland silica fume cement that was manufactured at the Lafarge plant in Sugar Creek, Mo. Lafarge was the first to introduce this type of cement in North America.


Lafarge partnered with Coreslab Structures, a pre-cast concrete product manufacturer, to develop pre-cast panels for the underlying road structure. "These high-performance pre-cast panels will contribute to the overall longevity of the bridge," says Kameron Williams, technical services engineer for Lafarge North America's River Region Cement Division in Kansas City, Mo.


The design-build contractor was Paseo Corridor Constructors, a joint-venture partnership of Clarkson Construction Co., Massman Construction Co. and Kiewit Construction. The project was designed by Parsons Corp. and TranSystems.




About the photo:

The Christopher S. Bond Bridge and fireworks light up Kansas City's night sky on Sun., July 3, 2011. Thousands of festival goers gathered in Richard L. Berkley Park to celebrate Independence Day and get the first look at the bridge's display of colorful lights.


Photo Credit: Cathy Morrison




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