Old Bend Road Bridge

The new Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the St. Louis region includes new road projects for Washington, Union and St. Clair as well as funding for a new Bend Road bridge, south of Pacific.

The 2015-18 TIP, approved last week by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, includes a $3.46 million federal highway grant to finance the lion’s share of the $4.4 million cost for the new bridge south of Pacific.

The county will provide a $1,030,961 matching grant to cover the balance of the construction costs for the new Bend Road bridge.

The new TIP calls for construction to begin in 2015 with completion of the project slated for 2016.

Last year, the county closed the bridge due to safety and liability concerns. But repairs were made that allowed the bridge to reopen at a 12-ton load limit.

The 2014-17 TIP included $160,000 in federal right of way funding for the project with another $40,000 in right of way dollars to come from the county.

Also, the county is paying for design and engineering in-house for about $385,000. In addition, the county will pay for construction administration and inspection for $165,000.

The county commission also approved a supplemental agreement of $28,250 for environmental services.


The city of Washington received approval of a $552,000 federal grant to cover most of the cost to resurface Bieker and Steutermann roads in 2018.

The city’s share of the $690,000 total cost is projected at $138,000. Engineering work is scheduled for 2016 and right of way acquisition in 2017.

The length of the project is 1.35 miles and will extend from Highway A to the east city limits on Bieker Road.


Funding for a 1.04-mile stretch of Springfield Road in Union is also in the 2015-18 TIP. The project will include resurfacing and sidewalks and is scheduled to be done in 2017.

Total cost is projected at $946,147 with federal funds covering $664,253 and the city providing $281,893.

St. Clair

The new TIP project for St. Clair calls for resurfacing and curb and gutter improvements to a 1.4-mile section of Main Street between Commercial Avenue and Hickory Street.

Total cost of the project is $1.05 million, with the federal share covering $804,641 and a local match of $246,161.

The TIP is updated annually with the funding cycle for projects typically taking three years from planning to actual construction.