HANNIBAL – Pike County, Missouri and Pike County, Illinois will soon be connected with a new bridge over the Mississippi River on U.S. 54 at Louisiana, MO.  “A new bridge is much needed, and we are pleased it’s going to happen sooner rather than later,” said MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or “STIP,” at its meeting Thursday, July 7, in St. Louis.  “This program focuses on safety and system preservation, and preserving the connection via the Champ Clark Bridge has been our highest priority in northeast Missouri,” Gough explained. Those interested about the Champ Clark Bridge project can go to www.champclarkbridge.com to sign up for email updates.

Other bridge needs that are now funded in the STIP include the U.S. 61 bridges over the Cuivre River north of Troy, work on the two Mississippi River bridges in Quincy in partnership with IDOT, as well as replacement or rehabilitation on nearly 50 other bridges across northeast Missouri.  “Again, focusing on safety and preservation of our system, we have nearly 300 miles of resurfacing planned on our major roads and several intersection improvements,” Gough said.  A full list of the projects approved is available online at http://bit.ly/29rVV52.

And although it’s a larger program than those approved the last two years, it still does not enable MoDOT to tackle high-priority needs like the reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 70, the investment in expansion projects that increase economic growth, create jobs and reduce congestion, or to stabilize its level of services and to improve the condition of its bridges and minor roads.

“We have a long-term insufficient funding challenge if Missourians want more from their state’s transportation system,” Gough said.

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MoDOT Funded Projects