Public meeting set March 21, on options for new Louisiana bridge

Posted: Mar. 18, 2013 10:17 am Updated: Apr. 8, 2013 3:15 pm


LOUISIANA, Mo. -- An open-house meeting will give members of the public a chance to hear about alternative locations for a proposed new U.S. 54 Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Twin Pikes YMCA in Louisiana. For those who can't make the meeting, all displays and the ability to provide input will be available online after March 19 at

"We have several options for the Champ Clark Bridge, and we would really appreciate the input from area residents," said Keith Killen, transportation project manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

"We looked at several options and have eliminated some simply because of logistics."

There will be eight options available for the public to comment on at the meeting and online.

While there is no funding for construction of a new bridge at this time, part of the planning process includes completing an environmental assessment.  Providing information for the public is part of the process that can take up to three years.

MoDOT has created the www.champclarkbridge/com website for people to follow along and answer questions throughout the process.