Humphreys Co. I-40

Bridges over Buffalo River and Squeeze Bottom Lane (PIN 124452.00)

Review Dates:     August 22 & 23, 2022    

Deadline to Submit Letter of Interest:     August 5, 2022


Letter of Interest - Humphreys Co. I-40 - 124452.00 - Constructability Review

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124452.00 Project Map

Project Summary

This project includes the replacement of the bridges along I-40 over the Buffalo River and the bridges over nearby Squeeze Bottom Lane.  To enable phased construction and traffic control for two lanes of traffic with shoulders throughout the duration of the project, the interstate approaches to the west, east, and between bridges are also being modified and widened to the median.  Plans include three phases of construction.  The proposed final section will include a concrete median barrier.

Buffalo River Crossing

The existing, parallel bridges over the Buffalo River are made up of 42 spans for a total length of 1765 feet.  Three of those spans consist of continuous, steel girders with the remainder of the spans utilizing concrete beams. 

Original Design plans are dated 1958.  Plans dated 1983 show the widening details that include a single, prestressed box beam added to the outside of each span of both bridges.

Currently both bridges are 44’-0” out-to-out and the distance between bridges is 46’-0”.

The proposed bridge over the Buffalo River consists of 11 spans - 3 steel girder and 8 prestressed concrete.  The single-width bridge is to be 121’-3” out-to-out and 1775’-0” long.  Spans 1, 2, and 3 have lengths of 220’ – 245’ – 205’ utilizing continuous, welded steel plate girders.  Spans 4 – 11 are made up of prestressed concrete beams with lengths of 130’ – 130’ – 130’ – 130’ – 150’ – 150’ – 150’ – 135’.  All spans consist of a 12 beam/girder cross-section.

The substructures include multi-column bents founded on drilled shafts.  Both abutments are supported on steel H piles.

Squeeze Bottom Lane Crossing

The existing three-span bridges over Squeeze Bottom Lane are 115’-6” long.  The superstructure consists of haunched, concrete T-beams.  Each bridge is supported by three-column bents and stub abutments. 

The proposed structure over Squeeze Bottom Lane is a single-span bridge.  The overall width of the bridge is 121’-3” and utilizes prestressed concrete beams over a total bridge length of 125’-6”.


  • Environmental restrictions/limitations for work in/near the Buffalo River.
  • Removal of existing substructures (especially the four in the channel of the Buffalo River).
  • Construction means and methods and staging for proposed bridge components over/near the Buffalo River.
  • Phased construction including split lanes of traffic with a median crossover.