The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has finalised a team for designing and building the I-70 Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport, Missouri.

The design team is led by Lunda, a subsidiary of US-based construction company Tutor Perini, and includes Parsons Corporation, Dan Brown and Associates and HZ United.

Under the terms of the contract, Lunda’s team will design and construct two three-lane Missouri River bridges, one in each direction of travel.

Lunda will also be responsible for replacing the County Road BB Bridge over the I-70.

Lunda expects to start design works after the contracts are executed, with construction works scheduled to begin later this year. A ‘substantial’ portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

A construction budget of $220m has been allocated for the project.

In another development, US-based energy company Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched a programme to install 38,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across its service area over the next five years.

The launch will allow businesses, government agencies and other organisations to participate in the company’s $436m Charge Ready programme, which was approved by the state government last year.

In order to make EV charging available to all Californians, half these chargers will be installed in communities designated by the state as disadvantaged, or economically impacted communities that suffer the effects of air pollution the most.

SCE eMobility and Building Electrification director Carter Prescott said: “As SCE is preparing its electric grid to serve the increase in transportation electrification, more charging equipment is needed to give EV drivers and fleet operators the peace of mind that they will be able to charge whenever they want.

“Today, we are asking our customers to join with us to ensure that an effective framework is in place for a clean air future for our communities.”