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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.

The Champ Clark Bridge Team, consisting of Missouri and Illinois Department of Transportation professional engineers, has completed their evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications (SOQs) submitted by potential design-build teams.  “These four teams will compete for the contract to oversee the design and construction of a new Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. 54 over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, Missouri,” said Champ Clark Bridge Project Director, Keith Killen. 

The following teams were selected to further develop their proposals on the project:

Alberici/Parsons
American Bridge/Garver
Lunda/Figg
Massman/HNTB

The Champ Clark Bridge Team will release the Request for Proposals (RFP) on March 1st, 2017.  “This means these four teams will receive our formal request to submit their proposals to design and construct the new bridge,” Killen explained.

“We have four very strong teams, and we are excited to work with them to develop their proposals over the next few months,” Killen said.  “When the project is awarded at the June 29th Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting, we are certain the proposed bridge design will be something MoDOT and the community will be proud of,” he added.  

Killen added, “We had excellent participation, and thank everyone who expressed interest.”

All information about the new bridge project, including a timeline, is available on the web at www.champclarkbridge.com.  Those interested in receiving email updates about the project can sign up here.

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