Hannibal Courier-Post

Span on old Champ Clark Bridge to be dismantled

The old Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana as it appeared on Aug. 30, 2013.
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Posted: Nov. 4, 2019 12:15 pm

LOUSIANA, Mo. — The next step in the removal of the old Champ Clark Bridge is to begin dismantling the first span over the railroad tracks on the Missouri side.

“We are awaiting all the necessary approvals to implode the Illinois side spans, and in order to keep progressing with the removal, we will work on this span next,” Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Keith Killen said. The work is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Monday, Nov. 11, weather permitting.

The truss of the bridge span will be removed in segments.

“Our contractor will cut sections of the old bridge, then use a barge mounted crane to place the sections on a barge,” Killen said. “The lane restrictions are necessary to allow crews to access the cut points on the old truss.”

“There are three segments being removed that will require the lane restrictions, but when we get to the final segment, we will actually have to stop traffic for up to an hour because of the size of the segment,” Killen said.

He added that because the size of that segment, it is safest for the traveling public to not be on the new bridge. The one-hour closure is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11, and a time is to be determined.

Killen stressed the work could be delayed due to weather, especially wind. Updates will be provided as work progresses. Information will be distributed as soon as the date is known for the demolition of the last two spans.