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By the end of next year, drivers will be able to use a third lane on eastbound and westbound I- 70 in Montgomery County in the area known as Mineola Hill.

The ESS Team, headquartered in Columbia, was recently selected as the apparent best-value proposer by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

This highway project was made possible by a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant in combination with the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport in Boone and Cooper counties, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release.

The ESS Team is comprised of Emery Sapp & Sons serving as the prime contractor and Bartlett & West providing design services.

The ESS Team was one of three design-build teams competing for the contract. Design-build is a project delivery method that combines the design and construction phases into one contract to save time and resources, according to MoDOT.

Information about the project can be found at

Construction is expected to begin in July. The goal is to meet or beat the construction completion date of Nov. 30, 2021.

The program budget is $15.8 million dollars, which includes preliminary engineering, construction engineering, stipends and the $14.4 million dollar design-build contract.

ESS officials said they have a goal to subcontract 10 percent of the construction and 14 percent of the professional and design activities for this project to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise companies. Federal workforce goals also require 11.4 percent of those working on the project are minorities and 6.9 percent are female.

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