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A Better 54

Senator McCann of IL speaking to the group.

$10 Million TIGER Grant Approved for Route 54 Mississippi River Bridge Project

The $10 million federal grant will assist with the $60 million total project cost of replacing the bridge, one of only three Mississippi River crossings in Missouri north of the St. Louis metro area. Regular flooding  of the Mississippi River and an increased need to perform maintenance on the 87-year-old bridge has required frequent closures, which results in one-way detours of 77 to 183 miles. The bridge takes its name from Missouri’s James Beauchamp Clark who served as a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919.

The TIGER grant program-officially the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program-targets major national and regional transportation projects that are often difficult to pursue through other government funding program. Selected projects must foster job creation, show strong economic benefits, and promote communities that are safer, cleaner and more livable.

Current Transportation Issues

Hwy 54 Coalition Met In IL For Coalitions Monthly Meeting

From Mexico, MO to Louisiana, MO our residents and the traveling public need A BETTER 54.  A shared four-lane highway is being proposed by a group of concerned citizens to help this happen.  This site is designed to answer your questions.

Northeast Missouri needs to complete its extension of the US 54 corridor by upgrading it to a shared four-lane highway to support economic development, provide safer travel and provide more efficiency.

To learn more, please make sure you check out the Shared-4 Brochure and Shared-4 Video links.

The Hwy 54 Coalition meeting was hosted by the IL Economic Development Director/Board.The meeting was attended by both MO & IL Federal, State & County representatives.

Pictured is some of the representatives in attendance.

The Hwy 54 Coalition meets the third Wednesday of every month.

Kevin James from MoDOT explaining the “Shared 4 Lane” concept.