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Intersection Work Official Beginning of New Champ Clark Bridge

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. 

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Public Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony

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.

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Job Fair To Be Held

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

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Public Invited to Learn More About New Champ Clark Bridge Project

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. 

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Massman and HNTB Selected to Design, Build New Champ Clark Bridge

New Bridge Completion Expected in Fall 2019

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.

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Champ Clark Bridge to Close for Annual Inspection

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. 

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Routine Maintenance Will Temporarily Close the Champ Clark Bridge for One Night

HANNIBAL - Weather permitting, the Champ Clark Bridge on U.S. Route 54 over the Mississippi River in Louisiana will be closed overnight between Monday and Tuesday, April 10 and 11.   The bridge will close Monday, April 10, at midnight, and open to traffic on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:00 a.m., MoDOT crews will have the Champ Clark Bridge located on U.S. 54 in Louisiana temporarily closed for routine maintenance. 

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Prep Work to Take Place for New Champ Clark Bridge

HANNIBAL – Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7, the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor will have work zones set up on U.S. 54 on either side of the bridge, as well as on Third Street in Louisiana to do some core drilling.  There are four locations, and in each area, the highway will be down to one lane throughout each day.  “This is one of several things we are trying to accomplish prior to actual work beginning to replace the bridge later this fall,” explained Keith Killen, a professional engineer with MoDOT’s Northeast District and project manager for the new bridge. 

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Design/Build Teams Selected To Compete for New Champ Clark Bridge Contract

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.

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