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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.

HANNIBAL – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission gave approval to use the design-build method to help move up the completion of a new Champ Clark Bridge.  “While this is good news, and we are excited to start this process, we are still identifying the source of our funding,” said Kevin James, P.E., MoDOT assistant district engineer.
A $10 million TIGER Grant was awarded to MoDOT and the Illinois Department of Transportation last fall, allowing $5 million to go toward each state’s contribution.  IDOT has included their portion of the bridge in their five-year construction program.  The total estimated cost of a new bridge is $63 million, to be split between MoDOT and IDOT.

“We are nearing completion of the environmental assessment, which was the first step in moving the project forward,” James said.  “We expect to have a public hearing later this spring to allow final comments from the public on our recommendation on the location of a new bridge,” he explained. 

Keith Killen, P.E., transportation project manager for MoDOT’s Northeast District and the engineer who has been leading the environmental assessment, has been selected as the director to oversee the design-build method for a new bridge.  The following link explains the design-build method:

“We will continue to share information as it becomes available,” James added.  Information about the Champ Clark Bridge can be found online at