MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough this morning, Thursday, May 12, confirmed there is funding in place for a new Champ Clark Bridge.
Here is information from MoDOT’s press release:
Included in the draft STIP is MoDOT’s highest priority in the Northeast District – replacement of the 90-year-old Champ Clark Bridge.
“With the previous funding shortage, we have been concerned for several years that we would not have been able to preserve this bridge until we could replace it,” Gough said. “With the receipt of the TIGER Grant and the increase in revenue, we are very pleased this is another step closer to a new bridge becoming a reality,” she added.
The new bridge is being procured under a unique method called design-build, which could present more efficiencies and reduce completion time of a new bridge.
“Because we are using this process, we will not have a schedule identified for several months,” Gough explained. More information about the design-build method is online at http://www.champclarkbridge.com/…/index.p…/new-bridge-design.
For the full story, see the May 18 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.