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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.

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Click to watch the Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony August 3, 2019

 

 

All are invited to this historic event!

The NEW Champ Clark Bridge Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

To be held on the new bridge

Saturday, August 3

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

PROGRAM

Posting of the Colors by the American Legion Post 370

National Anthem by Pam Ince

Dignitaries Recognized

Blessing of the NEW Bridge by Pastor John Kroeze

Moment of Silence for those who lost their lives on the old bridge

Speakers include:

Mr. Ben Clark, great grandson of Champ Clark
MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna
Illinois Secretary of Transportation Omer Osman
Henry J. Massman, President, Massman Construction Co.

1930 Model A Ford 1923 Case Car

Special thanks to Wayne and Georgia Gamm and Larry Gamm for bringing these beauties to the ceremony. 

You'll see them on the bridge next to the stage - great photo op!

PARKING

Attendees are asked to park at Louisiana High School where a shuttle will take

them to and from the end of the bridge. (See map below). 

Shuttles will take attendees to the end of the bridge, where they can walk across the new bridge to the ceremony.  For those who are unable to walk, golf carts will be available for rides.  For those in wheelchairs, please deliver these attendees to the intersection of US 54 and MO 79 in front of Ayerco, where there will be assistance.  Overflow parking will be at the ball fields behind the school, and shuttles will provides rides before and after the ceremony for both locations.

 

FOOD VENDORS, ACTIVITY IN RIVERVIEW PARK

Take a stroll, take a selfie, take a bite!

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, the following food vendors from Pike County, Illinois AND Missouri will be set up in the park. 

These include: Ambrosia Goods, Peacetree Farms, Dippin Dots, Eats and Treats

Parking will not be allowed in the park after 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Those wanting to access the park can bring lawn chairs.

Capture the "moment in history" and take a selfie at the overlook!  The old bridge will soon be demolished, changing the landscape forever!

...AND MORE!

 

Abel’s Store on U.S. 54 and MO 79 in Louisiana will have an outdoor table of free Hunt’s pizza slices and a bottle of water available to those heading to the dedication ceremony.

 

Champ Clark Bridge Ribbon Cutting Parking Attendees