~ The City of Springfield has announced an extension to the deadline for contractor bids for the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge rehabilitation project. The new deadline is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

According to Project Manager Nicholas Edelman, this is the third addendum issued for the project due to the high number of inquiries received. The second addendum provided more flexibility in the contract, which required additional time for contractors to consider. In order to give ample time, the deadline has been pushed back one more week.

In addition to the deadline change, addendum three also includes updated annual wage requirements. Contractors can view the full details in the Addendum and Notice to Contractors. More information about the project can be found on

The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge was built in 1902 and spans 562 feet over 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard between Chase Street and Commercial Street. It was the first bridge of its kind in Missouri and is known for its unique engineering and historic significance.

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The footbridge was constructed by The American Bridge Company of Pennsylvania at public expense using an innovative multi-arched cantilever design that allowed workers to span out over the railroad tracks, minimizing disruptions below. It also represents a significant moment in history as it symbolizes the union of North and South Springfield and their connection to the railroad and commercial growth opportunities it provided.

In recognition of its historical importance, the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Prior to its closure, it served as a vital pedestrian and bicycle connection between Commercial Street Historic District and Woodland Heights Neighborhood, contributing to the growth of Moon City Creative District across the tracks.

The rehabilitation project aims to restore this iconic bridge as a symbol of growth and opportunity for future generations. With this extended deadline, the City of Springfield hopes to receive competitive bids from qualified contractors to ensure the successful completion of this project.

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