Weather permitting, the U.S. Route 54 bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, known as the Champ Clark Bridge, will be closed between 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15, to conduct the annual in-depth inspection.

Weather permitting, the U.S. Route 54 bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, known as the Champ Clark Bridge, will be closed between 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15, to conduct the annual in-depth inspection.

“If the inspection is not complete due to weather, the bridge crew will open the bridge for the weekend, then close it again the following week,” said Brian Haeffner, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) area engineer. "Bridge crews out of Jefferson City will bring two Snooper trucks to help perform the inspection of the lower part of the bridge."

“Safety concerns and the continued deterioration of the bridge require us to close the bridge during the inspection,” Haeffner said. “We know this is inconvenient, but we are giving users of the bridge advance notice so they can plan accordingly.”

Motorists are also reminded that the inspection results could require other immediate repairs that cause additional closure of the bridge.

"We do not currently expect additional extended closures," said Haeffner, "but there is always a possibility the inspection could reveal issues that need to be addressed immediately. The public would be notified if anything additional is found.” A new U.S. 54 Mississippi Bridge in Louisiana will be under construction later in 2017.

“We anticipate the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to award a design-build contract at its June 29 meeting, which will be held in Pike County, Missouri,” Haeffner said.

Following the award, MoDOT, Illinois Department of Transportation, and its contractor will establish a schedule for construction. The new bridge will cost around $63 million, and traffic will continue to utilize the old Champ Clark Bridge during construction.

Haeffer said more details about the project would be released later in the year.

For information about the Champ Clark Bridge, visit www.champclarkbridge.com , or call MoDOT customer service at 1-888-275-6636.