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MoDot hears resident concerns about new bridge in Louisiana

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LOUISIANA, Mo. (WGEM) -

MoDot got a chance to hear from residents tonight about their ideas on replacing the Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri.

The open house style meeting was designed to give residents the chance to voice concerns or present ideas for the location of the new bridge.

MoDot officials said the current bridge is old, narrow and needs to be replaced.

Some businesses owners are in favor of a new bridge, but they want to make sure the location of a new one doesn't hurt the local economy.

"The concerns that I hear from folks around town are very much that if the bridge is moved too far north or too far south from where it is now than Louisiana will just be bypassed. We certainly rely on a lot of stop over, day tourism," said Louisiana business owner Bart Niedner.   

MoDot officials say the proposed new bridge could cost an upwards of $120 million with Illinois picking up half of the cost, but so far, no money has been budgeted for the project.

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