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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.

Intermittent Lane Closures on U.S. Route 54 in Illinois Near Bridge

HANNIBAL – While construction crews continue to work in the water setting casings to build the piers for the new bridge, other work is progressing on land.  “Crews are clearing trees on the Illinois side of the bridge now to prepare the area for additional construction on the new bridge,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Haeffner.  He said there is a possibility for intermittent lane closures on the Illinois side of U.S. Route 54.  “The work will be taking place over the next month, and we appreciate the patience of those who drive across the bridge, in the event of a brief closure,” he added.

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Large Loads Have New Place to Pull Off to Cross Champ Clark Bridge

Work Continues in Louisiana for Intersection and New Bridge

HANNIBAL – All wide loads needing to cross the U.S. Route 54 Mississippi River Bridge in Louisiana, have new locations to pull off and wait for law enforcement escorts due to work at the intersection of U.S. 54 and Missouri Route 79, in conjunction with the work being done for the new Champ Clark Bridge.   Friday, October 27, the contractor will relocate the designated pull off areas for oversized loads under the 40 ton limit, needing to cross the bridge from Missouri into Illinois. 

“Previously, these oversized vehicles had one location to pull off, yet with the intersection and bridge work, there is a need to provide two separate locations,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Haeffner.  For oversized vehicles traveling north on MO 79 through Louisiana, the pull off will be at the south end of Louisiana, approximately 1.5 miles south of the U.S. 54/MO 79 intersection.  For oversized vehicles traveling east on U.S. 54, the new pull off area will be on U.S. 54, just west of the existing pull off area, in front of the old school building.  These pull offs will remain in place until the new bridge is completed in the Fall of 2019. 

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