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Next step in Champ Clark bridge project undwerway

LOUISIANA, MO (WGEM) — The next step in removing the old Champ Clark bridge is underway in Louisiana, Missouri.

Crews are working to remove the span over the railroad tracks on the missouri side of the bridge.
Two sections of the bridge were imploded last month…but officials say this part of the demolition is more technical.

“This is going to take about a week, week and a half, to get this first span down. We are taking it down in sections, but unlike the first ones where we used explosives to drop the whole truss, we can’t do that over the railroad, so we have to take it apart in sections,” said MoDOT Project Director, Keith Killen.

The work on this section is set to wrap up on Monday.

The new bridge will be closed for about an hour for the final demolition.

MoDOT says they’re still working to get the necessary approvals to implode the spans on the Illinois side of the river.

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Jim Roberts

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