Transportation officials in Illinois and Missouri are considering a proposal to construct a replacement bridge connecting Pike County, Illinois, to Louisiana, Missouri.  The current two-lane Champ Clark Bridge is nearly 90-years old and carries Highway 54 between the two states over the Mississippi River.

According to a report in the Post Dispatch, the price tag on the project is $60-million.  The state of Illinois has already pledged its share, $30-million, and Missouri is currently seeking funding for its share.  The federal government has pledged $10-million for the project.   The Champ Clark Bridge, named after a former U.S. Speaker of the House from Missouri, was closed during the daytime for several days last week so rivets could be replaced.  A detour around the bridge can take motorists anywhere between 77 and 183 miles one-way.  The current bridge is also susceptible to flooding. 


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