HANNIBAL – Work is has begun to remove the ferry landing on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River near the Champ Clark Bridge, and anyone wanting to view progress can now go online and access the construction web cam. “This camera takes four to five shots of the bridge an hour at random intervals, so it refreshes every 10 to 15 minutes which gives viewers near real-time work,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Keith Killen. He said the play button shows a condensed slide show of images. The web cam, along with construction photos and the latest online newsletter, can be accessed by clicking the "What's Going On Now" button on www.champclarkbridge.com.
MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna watches Hal Smith, representitve from Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood, combine Missouri and Illinois dirt into a pot to signify the importance of the partnerships that have made a new Champ Clark Bridge possible. Nearly 200 people participated in the ceremony held on Friday, September 8 on the riverfront in Louisiana. Watch a short video and see all photos from the ceremony on MoDOT's Flickr site
HANNIBAL – Signs will soon be installed in the U.S. Route 54 and Missouri Route 79 area of Louisiana to alert drivers of pending work in the area. Improving this intersection with new pavement, striping, sidewalks and lighting officially will start the work towards a new Champ Clark Bridge. “The contractor will begin placing road work signs the week of September 11,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Haeffner, P.E.
HANNIBAL – The public is invited to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new Champ Clark Bridge. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, September 8 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the riverfront in Louisiana.
HANNIBAL – A job fair will be held at the Twin Pike YMCA, 611 Kelly Lane, in Louisiana, Missouri on Thursday, August 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for those interested in an opportunity to work on the new Champ Clark Bridge project. “The Champ Clark Bridge will be constructed with a union work force hired by the contractor Massman Construction,” said Keith Killen, Missouri Department of Transportation professional engineer and project director for the Champ Clark
HANNIBAL – An open house public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Twin Pike YMCA, 611 Kelly Lane, Louisiana for those interested in learning more about the new Champ Clark Bridge and the rebuilding of the U.S. Route 54 and the Missouri Route 79 intersection in Louisiana.
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.
HANNIBAL – Weather permitting, the U.S. Route 54 bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, known as the Champ Clark Bridge, will be closed on Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to conduct the annual in-depth inspection. If the inspection is not complete due to weather, the bridge crew will open the bridge for the weekend, then close it again the following week,” explained Brian Haeffner, Missouri Department of Transportation area engineer.