The snooper truck from the Jefferson City Bridge Crew performed its annual inspection last month on the Champ Clark Bridge.
A bridge that's more than 80 years old, has a few creaks, a little rust, and even maybe a pothole or two...
As MoDOT continues to focus its effort on maintenance of the Champ Clark bridge until funding for a replacement becomes available, a contract has been selected to perform any needed repairs over the next year. The bridge is scheduled for expansion joint repair as soon as the materials become available.
An environmental assessment is being done on the bridge, and recently, a group of MoDOT engineers and environmental staff traveled to Springfield, Ill to present their recommendation on the location of a new bridge to the Federal Highway Administration and other agencies involved in the environmental process, including the Illinois Department of Transportation. If the recommendation is approved, the EA process could wrap up as early as next spring. However, no funding has been identified to build a new bridge.