Those interested in keeping up with construction of the new Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River can now access a construction web cam at champclarkbridge.com.
“This camera takes four to five shots of the bridge an hour at random intervals, so it refreshes every 10 to 15 minutes, which gives viewers near real-time work,” says Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Keith Killen.
Work began on the project in September at the intersection of U.S. 54 and MO 79 in Louisiana, Missouri. Crews will soon be drilling shafts in the river on the Illinois side to prepare for the construction of the bridge’s piers.
The website also contains construction photos and an online newsletter, all of which can be accessed by clicking the “What’s Going On Now” button on the site.
“The primary purpose of the camera is to allow Missouri and Illinois taxpayers the opportunity to see progress, as well as those who are working on the project,” Killen said.
The Champ Clark Bridge is being replaced with a new bridge just south of the old one. The $60 million cost is being shared between Missouri and Illinois.