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February 22, 2018

Engineers Week: The Express Highway through the city of St. Louis

Hymen Shifrin began a long-standing relationship with the Missouri State Highway Department (now MoDOT)

Shortly after the founding of their civil engineering firm Horner & Shifrin, Consulting Engineers in August 1933, Wesley Horner and Hymen Shifrin began leveraging their expertise and relationships in the St. Louis area to win work. With experience as a junior engineer working for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Assistant Chief Engineer for the City of St. Louis, Shifrin quickly won a consulting contract with the Missouri State Highway Department. The assignment – design for the Oakland Express Highway (also known as the Daniel Boone Parkway), the precursor to I-64 adjacent to Forest Park. Photos of the Oakland Express Highway circa 1937 can be seen below. Fun fact: structural engineers at Horner & Shifrin were responsible for the new structures carrying Taylor, Newstead, Tower Grove and Boyle over I-64, more than 75 years after the construction of the original overpasses!

Innovation. Agility.
Reliability. Horner & Shifrin.