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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 – 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. 

Missouri Department of Transportation and contractor staff from Massman Construction will be available to visit with attendees and answer questions one on one.  In addition, attendees will be able to view a rendering of the new bridge, view th

e improvements to be made at the U.S. Route 54/Missouri Route 79 intersection, and learn about the work that is currently being done in preparation for construction.  “We highly recommend anyone interested in staying informed about progress on the project sign up to receive email updates, and they can do so at the meeting,” said Keith Killen, MoDOT professional engineer and project

director of the Champ Clark Bridge.  In addition, anyone can sign up for eupdates at any time on the Champ Clark Bridge website at

A ground breaking ceremony is being planned by the region for next month.  Details will be available at the public meeting.

A job fair is being held the same day from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

All displays and information from the public meeting will be available on the Champ Clark Bridge web site the day after the public meeting.