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The Champ Clark Bridge, built in 1928, is part of the U.S. Route 54 corridor and spans the Mississippi River connecting Louisiana, Missouri with the state of Illinois.

Public Invited to Final Event Celebrating Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana

High School STEM Students will Help Dedicate The Interpretive Panel They Designed

HANNIBAL - In 2017, just as construction began on a new Champ Clark Bridge, area high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students were invited to provide a design concept for an interpretive panel that would include pieces of the old, historic bridge and serve as a monument overlooking the new bridge. Construction of the interpretive panel was in the contract with Massman Construction to mitigate the removal of a historic bridge on the state system. Hannibal High School was the winner of five teams from four schools who participated, with Pittsfield High School supplying the wording featured on the top of the panel.

The interpretive panel is complete and installed in Riverview Park in Louisiana, Mo., and Massman Construction and the Missouri Department of Transportation would like to invite area residents to help dedicate the unique structure during a short ceremony at the park on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. “We expect this to be the final event celebrating both the historic and new bridge, and we appreciate all the support we have received over the last several years throughout the project,” said MoDOT Champ Clark Bridge Project Director Keith Killen.

The program includes recognition of both high schools, a brief history, remarks from elected officials, and the dedication of the structure. The event is expected to conclude by 2 p.m. Photos of the ceremony and the structure will be posted on

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Second Implosion Planned for the Champ Clark Bridge

MACON – Demolition continues on the old Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana. The first implosion to demolish two spans of the old bridge took place in October. Since then span 1 over the railroad tracks has been removed.  Now plans are in place for the second implosion to drop the remaining two truss spans, #4 & #5, on the Illinois side. 

This pair of truss spans is scheduled to be dropped into the Mississippi River Monday, Nov. 18 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  “As we experienced with the first demolition event, the timing of the blast can be delayed. Massman Construction will do its best to have the blast occur within the scheduled window of time. However, ensuring the safety of everyone involved is their number one priority, so a delay may be possible,” stated Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Keith Killen.

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