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Four teams to compete for Champ Clark Bridge project

A truck crosses Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, Mo., in September. Engineers from the Missouri and Illinois transportation departments have picked four design-build teams that will compete for the contract to build a new span to replace the Champ Clark Bridge, built in 1928. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 3, 2017 10:10 pm Updated: Feb. 3, 2017 11:04 pm

LOUISIANA, Mo. -- Four teams have been selected to compete for the contract to build a new Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana, Mo.

Keith Killen, who is heading up the Champ Clark Bridge project for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said engineers from MoDOT and Illinois Department of Transportation have reviewed the qualifications of design-build teams seeking the bridge contract.

"These four teams will compete for the contract to oversee the design and construction of a new Champ Clark Bridge," Killen said.

Teams selected to further develop their proposals on the project were:

• Alberici, a construction company headquartered in St. Louis, teamed with Parsons, an engineering firm with an office in the St. Louis area.

• American Bridge Co., headquartered in Chicago, teamed with Garver Engineering.

• Lunda Construction, a Wisconsin-based company, and Figg, an engineering group headquartered in Florida.

• Massman Construction of St. Louis, teamed with HNTB, a design engineering firm headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Killen said the four teams will further refine their plans for a new Champ Clark Bridge and will receive formal requests to submit their proposals.

"We have four very strong teams, and we are excited to work with them to develop their proposals over the next few months," Killen said.

The project is on schedule to be awarded at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting June 29 in Clarksville.

Design-build projects involve the hiring of a contracting team to complete design work and build the project under a single contract. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule.

The half-mile-long Champ Clark Bridge, built in 1928, carries U.S. 54 traffic in a rural area of the two states. About 4,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. It has frequently been closed in recent years because of maintenance issues.

Engineers have estimated it will cost $60 million to build the new bridge. Missouri and Illinois each have pledged $25 million toward the project, and a federal grant of $10 million has been approved.

The bridge approach on the Illinois side often floods during periods of high water. The new bridge will have an elevated approach to make flooding issues less likely.

The bridge is named for the late U.S. Rep. James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark, a Pike County, Mo., resident who was speaker of the U.S. House from 1911 to 1919.

"We are certain the proposed bridge design will be something MoDOT and the community will be proud of," Killen said.


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