Champ Clark Bridge
|Champ Clark Bridge|
The Champ Clark Bridge looking east
|Carries||2 lanes of US 54|
|Locale||Louisiana, Missouri / Atlas Township, Pike County, Illinois|
|Maintained by||Missouri Department of Transportation|
|Total length||2,286 feet (697 m)|
|Width||20 feet (6 m)|
|Longest span||418 feet (127 m)|
The Champ Clark Bridge is a five-span truss bridge over the Mississippi River connecting Louisiana, Missouri with the state of Illinois. It carries U.S. Route 54 northeast to Pittsfield, Illinois, where U.S. 54 terminates.
The bridge is narrow, allowing for two lanes of traffic on a 20 feet (6 m) deck. It was built in 1928. The bridge, originally painted silver, was repainted deep green in 1983, and repaired in 1999. In 2005, the Missouri Department of Transportation again rehabbed and repainted the bridge, replacing the green color of the bridge with gray. The bridge is 2,286.4 feet (697 m) in length. The span over the main channel of the Mississippi River is 418.5 feet (128 m) in length.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced a tentative closing schedule for repairs to the Champ Clark Bridge in 2012. The repairs were deemed necessary to permanently fix damage inflicted on the structure in December 2011 where a vehicle struck the through-truss section of the bridge. Repairs included removal and replacement of rivets, installation of supports & new steel. The bridge was to be closed for approximately a week.
As of 2012, there are current plans to replace this bridge within the next ten years.
- Missouri Department of Transportation. "Champ Clark Bridge". 2005. Retrieved January 30, 2006.
- Baughn, James et al. "Historic Bridges of the Midwest | Champ Clark Bridge |Pike County, Missouri and Pike County, Illinois". 2006. Retrieved January 30, 2006.
- Weeks, John. "Champ Clark Bridge, Louisiana, MO". 2005. Retrieved January 30, 2006.
- KHQA TV, Quincy, IL  2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012
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