Construction on a new Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana is expected to be underway by the end of this year.
MODOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner says they anticipate the Missouri Highway And Transportation Commission awarding a design-build contract at its June 29th meeting in Pike County.  Following the award,  MODOT,  The Illinois Department of Transportation and the contractor will establish a schedule for construction. The new bridge will cost around 63 million dollars. Traffic will continue to utilize the old Champ Clark Bridge during construction.