The replacement of the functionally obsolete Mission Road bridge over Rock Creek had been a priority for the City of Fairway, Kansas since the flood of 1998. The cost of the project had kept it only as a priority until the FHWA introduced the SATETEA-LU fund in 2005. Senator Pat Roberts helped secure 1 million dollars from the program to help fund the project.
Through the efforts of the City of Fairway, Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., Johnson Cunty Public Works, Senator Pat Roberts and Pyramid Contractors, Inc., the new Mission Road bridge was reopened in December 2008. The bridge was completed on schedule with an opening ceremony held December 10, 2008.
The project removed four homes from the 100-year floodplain, and has allowed for safe travel on a major road during a 1% storm. Besides the brige the project inlcuded roadway grading and pavement, sidewalks, storm and sanitary sewer relocations, utility relocations, creek channel expansion and grading, erosion control measures and vegetation restoration of native grasses, wildflowers and shade trees.
Pyramid Contractors, Inc. a heavy contractor and member of the Associated General Contractors of America since 1994, recognized early in the bid process the unique opportunity this project offered. Pyramid specializes in constructing haunch slab bridges and takes priding in building structures which exceed standard function by enhancing and beautifying the neighborhoods. Years of experience in designing and constructing the falsework for haunched slab bridges was a valuable asset for this project.
The curved alignment and variable width roadway presented unique challenges. By designing their own falsework plans, Pyramid was able to maintain constant communication between the field and the office allowing them to make adjustments and maintain production. In addition to the bridge, Pyramid removed the existing structure, performed excavation and site grading, installed the storm sewer system and the articulating block concrete erosion control and managed subcontractors for the other aspects of the project.
2009 Public Works Project of the Year
for Transportation - $5 to $25 Million.