This is an open-house style meeting where attendees can visit various stations to learn about the EA, as well as other issues regarding Champ Clark Bridge. A presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m., sharing the results of the EA, information on historic bridges in the area, information on upcoming road work, and a brief description of the design-build method which will be used on the new Champ Clark Bridge.
All display materials and the opportunity to comment will be available online at www.champclarkbridge.com. Written statements and exhibits as well as oral statements will be received at the hearing, or by writing MoDOT at 1711 S. Highway 61, Hannibal, MO 63401 to the attention of Keith Killen. All comments about the environmental assessment must be received within ten working days after the date of the hearing, by June 23, 2016.
The Champ Clark Bridge is nearly 90 years old and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete by today’s engineering standards. “Millions of dollars has been spent to keep the bridge safely open for its users, and we are pleased we are closer to making a new bridge a reality,” Haeffner said.
Bridge Will Close for Annual Inspection
The U.S. 54 bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, known as the Champ Clark Bridge, will be closed at Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to conduct the annual full-depth inspection. The bridge will be open for the weekend, then will be closed Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. "Bridge crews out of Jefferson City will bring what's called the Snooper truck to help perform the inspection of the lower part of the bridge," explained Brian Haeffner, MoDOT area engineer. A lift will be used to allow inspectors to check out the upper parts of the truss.
“Safety concerns and the continued deterioration of the bridge require us to close the bridge during the inspection,” Haeffner explained. “We know this is inconvenient, but we are giving users of the bridge advance notice so they can plan accordingly,” he said.