A decision on funding to replace the aging Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana could be made next summer.
That’s when the state will formally determine which projects will be financed in 2017 with an unexpected 47 million dollars of additional fuel tax revenue from this year.
The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission will hear recommendations Wednesday in St. Louis, but no specifics regarding the bridge replacement are expected.
Officials caution there’s no guarantee Louisiana will be included on the list because there are many transportation needs across Missouri.
However, the state considers the 60 million dollar replacement a priority and pre-construction work is well under way. Missouri will split the cost with Illinois, and is awaiting word on a federal grant that would trim the bill for both states to 25 million dollars apiece.
By the time the projects are finalized next summer, the narrow Champ Clark span will be 88 years old.