LOUISIANA, Mo. -- It has begun. With the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Champ Clark Bridge taking place on Friday, Sept. 8, the long awaited project is officially underway. The Louisiana riverfront was crowded with representatives from MoDOT, IDOT, Massman Construction, the city and local citizens to celebrate an infrastructure improvement that benefits both states.
The ceremony had guest speakers Patrick McKenna (MoDOT director), Randall Blankenhorn (Illinois secretary of transportation), Bart Niedner (Louisiana mayor), Andy Borrowman (Pike County Illinois chairman of the board) and J. Bennett Clark (great-grandson of James Beauchamp Clark).