LOUISIANA, Mo. -- In 2017, just as construction began on a new Champ Clark Bridge, area high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students were invited to provide a design concept for an interpretive panel that would include pieces of the old, historic bridge and serve as a monument overlooking the new bridge. Hannibal High School was the winner of five teams from four schools who participated, with Pittsfield, Ill., High School supplying the wording featured on the top of the panel.
Construction of the interpretive panel was in the contract with Massman Construction for the removal of a historic bridge. The interpretive panel is complete and installed in Riverview Park in Louisiana, and Massman Construction and the Missouri Department of Transportation are inviting area residents to help dedicate the unique structure during a short ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"We expect this to be the final event celebrating both the historic and new bridge, and we appreciate all the support we have received over the last several years throughout the project," MoDOT Champ Clark Bridge Project Director Keith Killen said.
The program includes recognition of both high schools, a brief history, remarks from elected officials and the dedication of the structure.
The event is expected to conclude by 2 p.m. Photos of the ceremony and the structure will be posted on champclarkbridge.com.