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Champ Clark Bridge




Photo taken by James Baughn

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Champ Clark Bridge Eastbound

Dashcam Video Eastbound from Illinois into Missouri.

Video posted by Tomas C

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Named for a popular Missouri politician: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_Clark

They are currently surveying and clearing the land in preparations for the new bridge. MODOT has state it will be a design and build project with everything being done by the same constructor.


Five-span through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 54 at Louisiana
Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, and Pike County, Illinois
Open to two-lane traffic
Future prospects
MoDOT is currently accepting proposal for reuse of all or any part of the bridge. They are currently in the process of doing surveys and clearing the land for this bridge. They plan to have the new bridge open sometime in 2019.
Built 1927-28; rehabilitated 1981 and 2005
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 417.0 ft.
Total length: 2,287.2 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Louisiana Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.45758, -91.04583   (decimal degrees)
39°27'27" N, 91°02'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/668126/4369379 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 54 N., R. 1 W., Sec. 18
Inventory numbers
MoDOT K-932R (Missouri Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
MONBI 5996 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
IL 075-9900 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 22317 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 23.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • August 8, 2016: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Update future of bridge and description
  • February 13, 2016: New photo from James Baughn
  • May 6, 2015: New video from Tomas C
  • January 12, 2014: New photos from Diane Martin
  • January 2, 2013: New photo from Steve Conro
  • January 5, 2012: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Added category "Doomed"
  • November 16, 2011: New photo from Steve Conro
  • October 30, 2011: Updated by Jeremy Ruble: Updated future plans for bridge.
  • August 21, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 13, 2008: New photo from Jeremy Ruble
  • June 6, 2005: Posted new photos



Champ Clark Bridge
Posted February 14, 2016, by Lisa (lisalu_2005 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

First photo of the Champ Clark Bridge was taken after it collapsed on September 6th 1927. One man was killed, one was seriously injured and several narrowly escaped. The collapse of the bridge was due to faulty false work. Second photo of the bridge was taken five days before the bridge collapsed.

Champ Clark Bridge
Posted November 18, 2014, by James Wireman (jameslovesbridges_86 [at] ymail [dot] com)

Hey Wait just a minute, This Bridge is not doomed I mean Not Doomed. I think that this bridge Will last another 20-25 years. I think about replacing this Bridge now. I know it can't happen anytime soon.

Champ Clark Bridge
Posted July 30, 2012, by John S. (jms524 [at] cccb [dot] edu)

According to MODOT's 2013-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvment Program, they are indeed going to go about getting an Environmental Impact Statement and do a location study for a "potential" design/build project.

Champ Clark Bridge
Posted September 26, 2009, by Brent Freesmeyer (bcfreesmeyer [at] msn [dot] com)

I received an old box of scrapbook clippings and photos my grandmother had stored in her attic which contained an interesting ad for toll tickets and a post card sent to her in 1938 of the Champ Clark Bridge.

Champ Clark Bridge
Posted January 23, 2007, by Jeremy (Ruble)

This is an article out of a local book showing the Champ Clark bridge when it collasped during construction. I believe there was one person killed. This is becuase everybody else was leaving the construction site for the day. Not many people know about this.