Delays expected on US 54 bridge in NE Missouri

LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — Motorists who use the Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River in northeastern Missouri should expect delays Thursday while state workers perform inspections.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the two-lane bridge will be narrowed to one lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports (http://bit.ly/u79k2Q) the 83-year-old bridge connecting Louisiana, Mo., with Illinois was damaged by an accident Dec. 14. Crews performed inspections and temporary repairs, but MoDOT is checking it again to determine the extent of permanent repairs that are still needed.

The 2,200-foot bridge carries U.S. 54 over the Mississippi. It's named for Missouri's James Beauchamp Clark, who served as U.S. House speaker from 1911 to 1919.


Information from: Hannibal Courier-Post, http://www.hannibal.net

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