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Public Invited to CCB Update September 28

HANNIBAL – Massman Construction and the Champ Clark Bridge Team invite the public to the monthly update meeting being held Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Riverview Park in Louisiana, weather permitting.  The primary topic will be the demolition of the old bridge.  This is an informal meeting and attendees are encouraged to ask questions. The update usually lasts about 60 minutes.

Regular updates about the project are provided online at www.champclarkbridge.com and on the Champ Clark Bridge Replacement Facebook page

Public Invited to Champ Clark Bridge Update Saturday, August 24

MACON – Massman Construction and the Champ Clark Bridge Team invite the public to the monthly update meeting being held Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. in Riverview Park in Louisiana, weather permitting. This is an informal meeting and attendees are encouraged to ask questions. Even though the bridge is open, work continues on the project. The update usually lasts about 60 minutes.

Regular updates about the project are provided online at www.champclarkbridge.com and on the Champ Clark Bridge Replacement Facebook page.

 

 

 

New Champ Clark Bridge Opens Saturday, August 3

MACON – Tomorrow, Aug. 3, marks history in Pike County Missouri and Illinois. There will be a new Champ Clark Bridge for motorists to cross the Mississippi River on U.S. Route 54. A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony is being held on the new bridge beginning at 6:30 p.m. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic soon after the ceremony concludes.

“When we received the TIGER Grant in 2015, it seemed we had a large task ahead of us to get the bridge completed by November 1, 2019,” said Champ Clark Bridge Project Director Keith Killen. “Massman Construction Co. has done a wonderful job getting this project completed ahead of schedule,” he added.  The original completion date was Fall of 2019.

After the new bridge is opened, the old bridge will close to through traffic, but will still be accessible from the Missouri side to those who need to access the marina on the Illinois side. Once Massman Construction Co. completes the work in front of the marina to connect it to the new section of highway, the old bridge will be permanently closed. The old bridge will be demolished in the next few months.

For more information on the ceremony and opening, you can visit the Champ Clark Bridge website at http://www.champclarkbridge.com/.

Committee Shares More Details About Champ Clark Bridge Ceremony

HANNIBAL – In just a little over a week, several hundred people are expected to walk on the NEW Champ Clark Bridge for the first time. All are invited to attend the bridge dedication ceremony on Saturday, August 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Ben Clark, great-grandson of The Honorable Champ Clark, for whom the bridge is named, will be the featured speaker. Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, Illinois Secretary of Transportation Omer Osman, and Henry J. Massman, President, Massman Construction Company, the design-builder, also will speak.

The new bridge will open soon after the ceremony concludes. All details of the ceremony can be found online at www.champclarkbridge.com.

Those attending the ceremony can park at the Louisiana High School, where school buses will shuttle them to the end of the new bridge. Shuttles will begin at 5:15 p.m. At that point, attendees can walk to the middle of the bridge where the ceremony is to take place, or if they need assistance, golf carts will be available to give them rides. Should the high school parking lot fill up, overflow parking will be at the school ball fields off of Kelly Lane behind the high school, and parking signs will be alongside the streets to help direct traffic.  Law enforcement and city personnel will assist in guiding traffic. Attendees using wheelchairs can be dropped off in front of Ayerco at the U.S. Route 54 and MO 79 intersection at the end of the bridge. The public will be allowed on the bridge beginning at 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in getting photos of the new and old bridge, before the old bridge comes down, is encouraged to walk up to Riverview Park that evening and take “selfies.” Beginning at 5 p.m., several food vendors, from both sides of the river, will be offering items for sale. “There is a nice place to sit and if the weather cooperates, it will make for an enjoyable setting,” said Kristal Pitzer, Louisiana Chamber of Commerce director who is also helping coordinate the event. The list of vendors and other activities are on the website. Riverview Park will close to vehicle traffic Saturday morning, August 3 around 8 a.m.

Wayne and Georgia Gamm, and their son, Larry, are providing two vintage vehicles that will be parked on either side of the stage. These include a 1930 Model A Ford and a 1923 Case Car. “This will be another great photo opportunity,” said Carolyn Wisecarver with Pike County Economic Development who coordinated getting the vehicles.

Pike County, Missouri resident Pam Ince will sing the national anthem for the ceremony. American Legion Post 370 in Louisiana will post the colors during the ceremony. A “Blessing” of the new bridge will be led by Pastor John Kroeze and then a moment of silence for those who lost their lives on the old bridge.

Residents who are more than 90 years in age and live in Pike County are encouraged to attend and sit in a special section. To prepare, please call 573-248-2584 with the number of people who will be in your party. A video featuring three Pike County residents, the history of the old bridge and construction of the new bridge will be available on the bridge website prior to the ceremony.

Seating at the ceremony will be first come first serve. “We are not sure how many to expect, yet we are prepared for several hundred, and we appreciate everything done by the contractor, the state agencies and these communities to make this a memorable dual-state event,” said MoDOT Project Director of the Champ Clark Bridge Keith Killen.

The new bridge is expected to open to traffic soon after the ceremony. At that time, the old bridge will close to through traffic, only being made available from the Missouri side to those who need to access the marina on the Illinois side. Once Massman Construction Co. completes the work in front of the marina to connect it to the new section of highway leading up to the bridge, the old bridge will be permanently closed. The old bridge will be demolished in the next few months.

The ceremony is being planned by a region-wide committee with representatives from many organizations on both sides of the river.

The NEW Champ Clark Bridge To Be Dedicated Saturday, August 3

HANNIBAL – Despite record flooding, Massman Construction Co. continues to make significant progress on the new Champ Clark Bridge and is expecting the new bridge to be completed sooner than originally anticipated.  “We are very excited to go ahead and work with several in the region to plan a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Saturday, August 3,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough.  The ceremony is expected to take place that evening, with a time to be determined.  However, Gough stresses the bridge may not actually open to traffic that day; it could be later in the month depending on when work to the Sny Levee can be completed.

A committee made up of residents from around the region established the date at their meeting last week after hearing about the progress being made.  “The date was contingent on when the bridge could be completed, as well as when James Beachamp Clark’s great grandson, Bennett Clark, could participate, and we are pleased he is available,” Gough explained. 

The committee is working diligently on putting together unique plans to make this ceremony memorable and hopes to include significant dignitaries as guest speakers, besides Mr. Clark.  “Since we just established the date for the ceremony, we will continue to work with all those involved in its planning to finalize details,” Gough said.  As soon as those details are finalized, they will be posted on the Champ Clark Bridge website at www.champclarkbridge.com, as well as on its Facebook page.

Public Update Scheduled for Saturday, June 29

 

HANNIBAL - Massman Construction and the entire Champ Clark Bridge team invite the public to the monthly update meeting Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. in Riverview Park in Louisiana (weather permitting). This is an informal meeting and attendees are encouraged to ask questions. The meeting is normally held the fourth Saturday of each month and lasts approximately 60 minutes.

 

Temporary Lane Closures on Bridge Next Week

HANNIBAL - Massman Construction Co. is preparing for work necessary to make the final roadway connections for the new Champ Clark Bridge on the Illinois side of U.S. Route 54.  Temporary lane closures for this work will begin Tuesday, May 28 and conclude Friday, May 31 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Please drive carefully through all work zones.

For updates on all road work, go to MoDOT's traveler information map at www.modot.org.

Public Invited to Update on June 1

HANNIBAL - Massman Construction and the entire Champ Clark Bridge team invite the public to the monthly update meeting Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in Riverview Park in Louisiana (weather permitting).  This is an informal meeting and attendees are encouraged to ask questions.  The update usually lasts about 60 minutes and is held the fourth Saturday of each month.  It was moved in May to accommodate the holiday weekend.

Regular updates about construction are provided online at www.champclarkbridge.com and on the Champ Clark Bridge Replacement Facebook page.

Public Invited to Monthly Update Meeting March 30

HANNIBAL - Massman Construction and the entire Champ Clark Bridge team invite the public to the monthly update meeting Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. in Riverview Park in Louisiana (weather permitting).  Crews recently celebrated a milestone of installing the final pre-cast deck panel (all 181 are in!).  Everyone is watching the River flooding, which hasn't impeded the overall schedule at this time.  This is an informal meeting and attendees are encouraged to ask questions.  The update usually lasts about 60 minutes and is held the fourth Saturday of each month.

Regular updates about construction are provided online at www.champclarkbridge.com and on the Champ Clark Bridge Replacement Facebook page.

Public Invited to CCB Update - February 23