Counties Impacted
Route Impacted
Work Type
Bridge Replacement

The Champ Clark Bridge, built in 1928, is part of the U.S. Route 54 corridor and spans the Mississippi River connecting Louisiana, Missouri with the state of Illinois.  The bridge, built in 1928, is named after James Beauchamp Clark, a former Speaker of the House from Bowling Green, Missouri.  Clark served as Speaker from 1911 to 1919. The bridge, originally painted silver, was repainted deep green in 1983, and repaired in 1999.  In 2005, MoDOT rehabilitated and painted the bridge, replacing the green with gray.  The bridge is 2,238.4 feet in length and the span over the main channel of the Mississippi River is 418.5 feet in length. 

Project Groundbreaking
Friday September 8, 2017

Project Completion - Bridge Open to Traffic
August 3, 2019


Awards Recieved:

  2020 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Merit Award – Transportation Category

  2020 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Award of Excellence – Transportation Category

  2020 Design Build Institute of America Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) Award

  2020 The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Awards Quality of Life/Community Development Award

  2020 AGC of Missouri Keystone Award (Honorable Mention) - General Contractor/ Construction Manager/Prime Contractor - Transportation & Infrastructure

  2019 MoDOT Outstanding Contractor of the Year Award (Civil Rights Compliance/DBE Training Symposium)

  2018 Illinois Department of Transportation Above and Beyond Award (Project DBE and Workforce Diversity Goals)


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Champ Clark Bridge under construction


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Construction Updates
Adjacent Downstream Green for Merge Infographic

Environmental Assessment

This document is available to the public (below). 

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Rendering of new Champ Clark Bridge

New Bridge Design

A new Champ Clark Bridge will be design and constructed using the design-build procurement method. 

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