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The Champ Clark Bridge is a five-span truss bridge over the Mississippi River connecting Louisiana, Missouri with the state of Illinois; it carries US Route 54 northeast to Pittsfield, Illinois where US Route 54 ends.  The bridge, built in 1928, is a narrow two-lane bridge on a 20-foot deck.  The bridge, originally painted silver, was repainted deep green in 1983, and repaired in 1999.  In 2005, MoDOT rehabilitated and painted the bridge, replacing the green with gray.  The bridge is 2,238.4 feet in length and the span over the main channel of the Mississippi River is 418.5 feet in length.  The bridge is named after James Beauchamp Clark, a former Speaker of the House from Bowling Green, Missouri.  Clark served as Speaker from 1911 to 1919.

COST OF NEW BRIDGE: $60 million is available to the design-build teams, which will include designing and constructing a new bridge, as well as, removing the existing bridge. The new bridge is a cost-share project between Illinois and Missouri DOT's. The $10 million TIGER grant is included in the $60 million available funding.

DOT's Hold Meeting with Interested Consultants: Bridge Project Progressing

HANNIBAL – The team working to establish who will help the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation to design and build a new Champ Clark Bridge is making progress.  “Since this is a design-build project, we are seeking out industry who may be interested in working on the team, and we’ve held our first meeting with several who have expressed interest,” said MoDOT Project Director Keith Killen, P.E.  The Champ Clark Bridge is located on U.S. 54 over the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Missouri.

Last week, about 50 interested contractors, suppliers and consultants attended a meeting at the MoDOT Northeast District office in Hannibal to learn how they can start the process to potentially be selected as part of the design-build team. 

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It's not too late to be part of the workforce

The Missouri Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Moberly Area Community College and several recruitment and training facilities, potential consultants and contractors, held a job fair for those interested in developing their skills or using their experience to help design and build a NEW Champ Clark Bridge!  See video recap and learn how it's not too late to be part of this important project for the region.

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