The city has selected a firm to design a new Jefferson Street bridge over Busch Creek.

Construction of the new bridge is scheduled for 2016.

Last week, city council members approved an ordinance authorizing the design contract with Buescher Frankenberg Associates Inc. The company will be paid $111,673.37 for the design phase and $14,485.88 for construction review, for a total cost of $126,159.25.

The project was approved for federal grant funding in the 2012 Transportation Improvement Program adopted by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The original budget in the TIP application projected the total cost of the work at $1,370,000. That would be funded with a $1,082,300 federal grant plus a $287,700 match by the city.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1977 or 1978.

The span was given a sufficiency rating of 38.7 percent after the last time it was inspected in April 2009, according to City Engineer Dan Boyce who noted that a bridge qualifies for full replacement funding when the sufficiency rating drops below 50.

The bridge load posting was reduced by 50 percent and a beam was repaired in the summer of 2010.

No other city bridge has a sufficiency rating lower than 76 percent, Boyce told the council when the application was authorized.

In a letter to the council last month, Boyce noted that the contract award is contingent on final approval by the Missouri Department of Transportation, which has given preliminary approval already.

“The current schedule is for all design and right of way work to be completed and approved by MoDOT by September 2015, with construction occurring in the spring of 2016, according to the letter from Boyce.