INTRODUCTION

The Chester Bridge has two 11-foot lanes and carries 7,000 vehicles per day. It connects the cities of Chester, Illinois and Perryville, Missouri across the Mississippi River via Route 51.

The current truss bridge was originally constructed in 1942 and was re-constructed in 1944 after a severe storm destroyed the main span. The bridge has allowed motorists to travel both east and west across the Mississippi River for nearly 80 years. 

Over the course of seven decades, the Chester Bridge has become less functional for modern vehicles. Although the bridge is safe for travel, this aging structure is considered to be in poor condition.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has a project to rehabilitate and paint the Chester Bridge tentatively scheduled for construction in late summer 2021 through fall 2022. MoDOT must make the needed improvements to preserve the condition of the current bridge, in an effort to mitigate future restrictions between now and the time of the opening of a new bridge. 

MoDOT tentatively plans to have a new bridge in place in 2028, but funding is not yet secured for the approximately $140 million replacement project. 

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Counties Impacted
Perry
Project Status
Planning Phase

Timeline

Complete
Partial Repairs
2019

Approach spans on the Missouri side of the river were repaired.

Complete
Bridge Inspection
July 2020
Not Started
Tentative Letting for Rehab Project
June 2021
Not Started
Construction for Repair Project
Late Summer 2021
Not Started
Anticipated Completion of Repairs
Fall 2022
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Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment & Preferred Alternative

The Chester Bridge Study’s Environmental Assessment (EA) was recently approved for public distribution following a multi-year study. To access the study information, please click the link below.

To view the EA appendices, please click here

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FAQ

Visit the link below to learn more about the upcoming Chester Bridge project and future plans to replace the bridge. This provides an in-depth look at some of the most frequently asked questions about the rehab and replacement projects, including impacts to traffic. 

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History

The Chester Bridge is a truss bridge originally constructed in 1942 to allow vehicles to cross the Mississippi River between Perryville, Missouri, and Chester, Illinois without using a ferry. The bridge was re-constructed in 1944 after a severe storm destroyed the main span.

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Chester Bridge

To share your thoughts with the project team, please submit the online form below. Comments may also be shared with MoDOT Project Manager Benji Philpot at (573) 472-5371 or MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Okenfuss at (573) 258-9144.

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Benji Philpot
Benji Philpot
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Project Manager
Department
Southeast District
Contact Info

(573) 472-5371

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Brian Okenfuss
Title
Area Engineer
Department
Southeast District
Contact Info

(573) 258-9144