New northeast Missouri Mississippi River bridge closer to reality

2 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, May 18 2016 May 18, 2016 Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:08:00 AM CDT May 18, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

LOUISIANA (AP) — An old, narrow and deteriorating Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, may finally be replaced within the next few years, following two recent developments.

The Quincy (Illinois) Herald-Whig reports that the Federal Highway Administration last month approved a proposal to build a new Champ Clark Bridge 50 feet south of the existing one in Louisiana, about 90 miles north of St. Louis.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Transportation last week included the bridge project in a draft of the state's five-year plan, a move that means Missouri is closer to coming up with its share of the project cost. The new bridge will cost $60 million. A federal grant pays $10 million, and each state must pay $25 million.

Illinois has already set aside funding for its share.

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