- U.S. 65 Improvements for Manufacturing Plant Access
Our team completed an analysis and traffic study for a new entrance on U.S. 65 near the site of Nucor’s new micro-mill plant, where the company will manufacture recycled material into reinforcing steel for construction projects. Efficient access into the plant is critical to the delivery of recycled material and shipment of new rebar. The team reviewed several entrance locations, with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) ultimately approving a new concrete entrance into the site, as well as a reconstructed concrete median opening and turn lanes along U.S. 65. Nucor was granted permission to proceed with final design and begin construction pending receipt of a final construction permit.
Project challenges included a tight deadline to allow Nucor to begin bringing in the large equipment needed to construct the plant without damaging the existing roadway. We employed an engineer-procure-construct (EPC) delivery approach to expedite the project. We were the design lead for the project, teaming with Kissick Construction to develop a lump sum price for design, permitting, construction, materials testing and construction management services in just 10.5 weeks, a timeframe that would not have been possible with a traditional design-bid-build approach.
The team met the expedited schedule by using a detailed construction sequencing plan at the bid table, daily subcontractor coordination and night/weekend work. They also overcame the challenge of frequent heavy rains by installing rock blanketing where needed. This approach prevented significant schedule delay because construction did not need to wait until the subgrade reached a sufficient moisture content.
- Traffic studies
- Roadway design
- MoDOT coordination
- Construction procurement
- Construction management
- LiDAR survey
- Utility coordination
- Grading and drainage
- Traffic control
- Pavement marking and signing
- Erosion control and permanent seeding