By Ethan Colbert
Brandi Baldwin, a District Utility
Engineer with the Missouri
Department of Transportation, said
last week that the work on the
Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana is
slightly ahead of schedule.
However, she said the new
Mississippi River bridge, which
comes with a $60 million price tag, is
still slated to open in Fall 2019.
According to Baldwin, work on the
bridge could be delayed by spring
and summer flooding.
“The faster that we get up and out
of the water the better. That is what
we are pushing for everyday, ”
Baldwin said in an interview with
the Bowling Green Times aboard a
small towboat with representatives
from federal and state government
and local and regional press.
The assembled guests were given
an up close look at the construction
of the new bridge on Friday afternoon.
Among those on hand for Friday
afternoon’s tour was Missouri
Highways and Transportation
Commissioner John Briscoe. Briscoe
is a resident of New London.
Briscoe said Friday’s tour left him
“impressed” by the work of Massman
Construction, the general contractor,
and the MoDOT personnel overseeing
“I am pleased that they have made
so much progress during the winter
months,” Briscoe said. “I didn’t realize
that they would make this much
progress, but I think it is really
fastastic that they would make this
much progress especially considering
that some of the days the temperatures
were very cold. I am happy
with where they are.”
Briscoe said he would be providing
an update on Massman’s progress at
an upcoming meeting…
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