PIKE COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – There are concerns that a bridge that separates Pike County, Missouri from Pike County, Illinois may close because it is in disrepair.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) put weight limits on the Clark Champ Bridge in 2014 because it was deteriorating. The bridge opened in 1928 and residents say it is vital to the local economy.
“It would be devastating to all the businesses here in Louisiana. The bridge is a vital component of our economic factor here in Louisiana,” said resident Tim Carter.
It currently takes 10 minutes for commuters to get from Louisiana, Missouri to Pike County, Illinois. If the bridge closes, the commute could be closer to one hour. MoDOT believes a new bridge would cost around $60 million, which would be split between Missouri and Illinois. The agency said it does not have the necessary funds.
“This is just one of 600 critical bridges around the state. Finding funding for those bridges is a challenge for us right now,” said Brian Haeffner of MoDOT.
In total, one in four bridges in Missouri are need in repair.
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