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Large Loads Have New Place to Pull Off to Cross Champ Clark Bridge

Work Continues in Louisiana for Intersection and New Bridge

HANNIBAL – All wide loads needing to cross the U.S. Route 54 Mississippi River Bridge in Louisiana, have new locations to pull off and wait for law enforcement escorts due to work at the intersection of U.S. 54 and Missouri Route 79, in conjunction with the work being done for the new Champ Clark Bridge.   Friday, October 27, the contractor will relocate the designated pull off areas for oversized loads under the 40 ton limit, needing to cross the bridge from Missouri into Illinois. 

“Previously, these oversized vehicles had one location to pull off, yet with the intersection and bridge work, there is a need to provide two separate locations,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Haeffner.  For oversized vehicles traveling north on MO 79 through Louisiana, the pull off will be at the south end of Louisiana, approximately 1.5 miles south of the U.S. 54/MO 79 intersection.  For oversized vehicles traveling east on U.S. 54, the new pull off area will be on U.S. 54, just west of the existing pull off area, in front of the old school building.  These pull offs will remain in place until the new bridge is completed in the Fall of 2019. 

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Daytime Road Closure on Missouri Route 79 in Louisiana

HANNIBAL – The road work at the U.S. Route 54 and Missouri Route 79 intersection in Louisiana is entering the final phase of the project, which includes resurfacing of the road.  Weather permitting, Monday, October 30th, the southern leg of the intersection of US 54 and MO 79 will close each day until Friday, November 3 as the contractor begins resurfacing.  Signs will be set up for a detour, which includes routing motorists over to 7thStreet, then connecting with U.S. Route 54 at the intersection where MO 79 goes north.

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Web Cam and Construction Photos - View Construction Progress on New Bridge

HANNIBAL – Work is has begun to remove the ferry landing on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River near the Champ Clark Bridge, and anyone wanting to view progress can now go online and access the construction web cam.  “This camera takes four to five shots of the bridge an hour at random intervals, so it refreshes every 10 to 15 minutes which gives viewers near real-time work,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Keith Killen.  He said the play button shows a condensed slide show of images.  The web cam, along with construction photos and the latest online newsletter, can be accessed by clicking the "What's Going On Now" button on

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Construction Officially Underway on New Bridge

MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna watches Hal Smith, representitve from Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood, combine Missouri and Illinois dirt into a pot to signify the importance of the partnerships that have made a new Champ Clark Bridge possible.  Nearly 200 people participated in the ceremony held on Friday, September 8 on the riverfront in Louisiana.  Watch a short video and see all photos from the ceremony on MoDOT's Flickr site

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Intersection Work Official Beginning of New Champ Clark Bridge

HANNIBAL – Signs will soon be installed in the U.S. Route 54 and Missouri Route 79 area of Louisiana to alert drivers of pending work in the area.  Improving this intersection with new pavement, striping, sidewalks and lighting officially will start the work towards a new Champ Clark Bridge.  “The contractor will begin placing road work signs the week of September 11,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Brian Haeffner, P.E. 

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Public Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony

HANNIBAL – The public is invited to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new Champ Clark Bridge.  A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, September 8 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the riverfront in Louisiana.

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Job Fair To Be Held

HANNIBAL – A job fair will be held at the Twin Pike YMCA, 611 Kelly Lane, in Louisiana, Missouri on Thursday, August 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for those interested in an opportunity to work on the new Champ Clark Bridge project.  “The Champ Clark Bridge will be constructed with a union work force hired by the contractor Massman Construction,” said Keith Killen, Missouri Department of Transportation professional engineer and project director for the Champ Clark

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Public Invited to Learn More About New Champ Clark Bridge Project

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. 

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Massman and HNTB Selected to Design, Build New Champ Clark Bridge

New Bridge Completion Expected in Fall 2019

HANNIBAL – By Fall 2019, motorists traveling across the Mississippi River on U.S. Route 54 between Illinois and Missouri will enjoy a wider, safer ride.   Massman Construction Company, headquartered in Kansas City, was selected today as the best value proposer to design and construct the new Champ Clark Bridge by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at its meeting in Bowling Green. Replacement of the bridge is a partnership between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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