ROCKPORT — A multi-state project to build a new bridge between Pike County in Illinois and Pike County in Missouri has received top honors in a regional transportation award competition.
The new Champ Clark Bridge structure opened in August 2019 after nearly two years of construction. It replaced a 92-year-old span across the Mississippi River.
The project was a collaboration between Missouri and Illinois, with the Missouri Department of Transportation taking lead on construction and maintenance of the bridge.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials gave the project its top award in the Quality of Life/Community Development category for medium-size projects.
“This is the second consecutive year a project by Illinois and Missouri has received national recognition for improving the lives of residents on both sides of the Mississippi River,” acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said Wednesday. “This honor highlights the commitment to finding innovative solutions to invest in infrastructure as we rebuild Illinois.”
The bridge on U.S. 54 cost $60 million, which was split between the two states. The new structure doubled the original bridge’s width and eliminated a 40-ton weight restriction, while adding accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists to increase travel options and economic opportunities in the region.
The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsor the America’s Transportation Awards to showcase projects by state departments of transportation.
The Champ Clark Bridge project also has received a National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America.