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. MoDOT is continuing to monitor the bridge, and the next inspection is scheduled for fall 2021.

Counties Impacted
Perry
Project Status
Planning Phase
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Commission Approves STIP Amendment & Design-Build Project Delivery Method

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved an amendment to the FY2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to fund the Chester Bridge Replacement Project (J9P3857) during its meeting on Sept. 9, 2021. In addition, the MHTC approved the Southeast District's proposal to complete the Chester Bridge Replacement Project using the design-build project delivery method. The design-build method will allow industry input on both the design and construction of this work.

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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

View the Chester Bridge EA
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FAQ

Visit the link below to learn more about the Chester Bridge. This provides an in-depth look at some of the most frequently asked questions regarding what’s next and the proposed replacement project.

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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. 

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Stay up-to-date on the next steps for the Chester Bridge by signing up to receive email updates! To subscribe, click the link below and select the option for the Chester Bridge under the Southeast District. 

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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 Chester Bridge Project Director Brian Okenfuss at (573) 258-9144 or MoDOT Project Manager Benji Philpot at (573) 472-5371.

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Brian Okenfuss
Title
Chester Bridge Project Director
Department
Southeast District
Contact Info

(573) 258-9144

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Benji Philpot
Benji Philpot
Title
Project Manager
Department
Southeast District
Contact Info

(573) 472-5371