Swartz Road Bridge over Little Turkey Creek

Location: Kansas City, Kan.

Client: Wyandotte County Engineer

Burns & McDonnell developed plans and provided on-site construction inspection services for this bridge replacement project over Little Turkey Creek on Swartz Road in Kansas City, Kan. This three span, 35-meter-long (10.5-14-10.5 meter) by 8.6-meter-wide reinforced concrete continuous haunched-slab bridge replaced an existing one-lane, heavily corroded steel deck bridge.

The most challenging aspect of this project was its compressed time schedule. Because the project’s funding was at risk due to being more than one year behind schedule at the time of consultant selection, Burns & McDonnell and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) staff developed a plan that got the project back on track within five months. Burns & McDonnell staff literally began working on the day of selection.

Hydrology and hydraulics engineers began calculating stream flows, roadway engineers began developing conceptual horizontal and vertical profiles, bridge engineers began developing preliminary plans based upon KDOT standard bridges and public involvement specialists identified and contacted stakeholders. These efforts resulted in the identification of key elements that allowed surveyors to be on site gathering topographic, easement and utility data within four days of the consultant selection. The effort put forth by the entire project team resulted in the submittal of final plans approximately two weeks ahead of KDOT’s original project schedule.

Additional challenges included developing a vertical roadway profile that would tie into the existing approach slopes (approximately 15 percent), transitioning between the narrow roadway and the minimum KDOT standard roadway, and channel improvements to meet hydraulic requirements.

  • Bridge design
  • Roadway design
  • Right-of-way design
  • Hydrology and hydraulics
  • Signing/marking
  • Traffic control
  • Utility relocation
  • Public involvement
  • Construction inspection