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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.

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. 

“We were very pleased with the turn out, especially since so many of them traveled quite a ways to get here,” he explained.

Killen said the next step is interested teams are preparing their Statements of Qualifications for MoDOT and IDOT to evaluate. From these qualifications Keith and his team will short-list those teams that will compete to design and construct the new bridge .  “We expect to have a selection of 2 to 5 teams the first part of February,” he said.

In the meantime, MoDOT’s right of way department is working with property owners in the area as they begin the land acquisition process.  The preferred alternative location of the bridge, which is just to the south of the existing bridge, was determined following a three-year environmental assessment process.

Information about the Champ Clark Bridge is housed at, including any upcoming repairs to the existing bridge, although there are none scheduled at this time.

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Public Meetings

Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, June 29, Bowling Green High School Auditorium