HANNIBAL – By Fall 2019, motorists traveling across the Mississippi River on U.S. Route 54 between Illinois and Missouri will enjoy a wider, safer ride. Massman Construction Company, headquartered in Kansas City, was selected today as the best value proposer to design and construct the new Champ Clark Bridge by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at its meeting in Bowling Green. Replacement of the bridge is a partnership between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The Massman Team is comprised of Massman Construction Company serving as the prime contractor and HNTB Corporation providing the design services.
The Massman Team was one of four design-build teams competing for the contract. Design-build is a project delivery method that combines both the design and construction phases into one contract to save time and resources. This is the first design-build project in MoDOT’s Northeast District. Information about the project, including history of the existing bridge, can be found at www.champclarkbridge.com.
The Massman Team’s proposal call for the new bridge to be constructed just south of the existing bridge, while traffic is maintained on the existing bridge through most of the construction. The best value selection includes a new forty-four foot wide bridge, elevating the Illinois approach to eliminate closures from flooding and improvements to the Route 54 / Route 79 intersection in Missouri.