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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.

Bridge to Close for Annual Inspection

HANNIBAL - The U.S. 54 bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, known as the Champ Clark Bridge, will be closed at Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to conduct the annual full-depth inspection.  The bridge will be open for the weekend, then will be closed Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  "Bridge crews out of Jefferson City will bring what's called the Snooper truck to help perform the inspection of the lower part of the bridge," explained Brian Haeffner, MoDOT area engineer.  A lift will be used to allow inspectors to check out the upper parts of the truss.

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Public Invited To Make Comments on New Bridge Location

HANNIBAL – The Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation are in the final phase of completing the environmental assessment (EA) for a new Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. 54 over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, MO.  The public is invited to a public hearing to make final comments on the EA on Thursday, June 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Twin Pikes YMCA, 614 Kelly Lane, Louisiana.  This is an open-house style meeting where attendees can visit various stations to learn about the EA, as well as other issues regarding Champ Clark Bridge.  A presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m., sharing the results of the EA, information on historic bridges in the area, information on upcoming road work, and a brief description of the design-build method which will be used on the new Champ Clark Bridge.

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Closed for Annual Inspection
June 13 - 20 (days) and June 20 - 24

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Public Hearing
June 9, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.