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December 18, 2018 - Issue #13

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precast2 425Pouring deck and setting pre-made deck pieces is like a holiday recipe for these engineers and crews on the new bridge.  With great holiday weather, the crews have been able to complete all of the deck pours on the Illinois section of the bridge.  At the same time, 30 of the 181 precast deck panels over the water have been placed.

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Keith Killen, P.E., Project Director for the new bridge, shares the project history and construction progress with more than 50 new Missouri legislators earlier this month.  Good questions were presented by the state representatives, ranging from strategies on bridge improvements to how transportation projects are funded.  MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna also spoke, emphasizing that bridge replacement needs exceed current funding levels. 

Public Update

Saturday, January 26

10 a.m.

Riverview Park

Road Construction Update

Be ready for some transportation improvements in Pike County, Missouri next year.  Below is  advance information about what is coming in 2019 and 2020.


  • Route E Bridge Replacement over Spencer Creek near Curryville - summer 2019
  • Missouri Route 79 resurfacing and rumblestripes south of Noix Creek in Louisiana to the Lincoln County line - summer 2019
  • Route U Bridge Replacement over Peno Creek one mile west of U.S. 61 near Bowling Green - summer 2020
  • Route U Bridge Replacement over Branch Peno Creek  just west of U.S. 61 near Bowling Green- summer 2020

original construction of bridge 425To the left is a picture we found on the Internet of construction of the original Champ Clark Bridge.  Construction techniques and process certainly have changed in 90 years!

IMG 1412 425New legislators took a tour of the work site both by land and by bus.   During the bus tour, representatives from MoDOT announced what they were seeing as they passed construction of the new bridge, which is approximately 20 feet from the existing bridge.  Louis Riggs, a new legislator representing nearby Marion County, said to see the project on the new bridge was gratifying.  "We have needed that bridge replaced for many years, and by this time next year, we will be able to drive across a new bridge designed to last for 100 years. That progress is a tribute to the power of collaborating at the regional, state and federal levels across state lines," he said. 

20181130 100130 425Taken just last week on a foggy morning, these workers are having to help spread out the concrete on the deck pour to get it to a good working level for the deck pouring machine to take over.

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