Chicago, July 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Walsh Construction has been selected by the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) to rebuild the Merchants Bridge, including its three main spans and the east approach spanning the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Mo. and Venice, Ill.


The Merchants Bridge, built in 1889 and opened in 1890, is the oldest rail structure over the Mississippi River. The $172 million project will bring the structure up to current rail standards, adding capacity to the current rail system while ensuring the safety and resiliency of the national freight rail network.


“We are honored to partner with the TRRA to replace this historic structure. We look forward to working with a talented local workforce that includes companies such as St. Louis Bridge Construction to improve this vital freight connection over the Mississippi River,” said Dan Sieve, senior project manager at Walsh Construction.


TRRA and Walsh Construction will incorporate subcontracting opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises as part of the project.


Walsh Construction has been recognized as the largest bridge builder in the United States for the past five consecutive years by Engineering News-Record. Walsh is experienced in delivering high-profile structures that cross major roadways and waterways, including bridge replacements over the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.


About Walsh Construction
Walsh Construction is part of The Walsh Group, a 120-year-old family-owned company providing design, build, finance, operation and activations services. The Walsh Group operates as Walsh Construction, Archer Western and Walsh Canada across 18 regional offices, and is consistently listed among the top contractors in North America. Connect with The Walsh Group at; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; and Instagram.

Pete Doherty
The Walsh Group