A third postponement of the maintenance closure of the Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana was issued this week after a string of storms started moving through the area.
MoDOT now plans to close the bridge carrying Hwy. 54 traffic over the Mississippi River at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20. It is expected to reopen some time on Friday, Oct. 24 but the work could see further delays from bad weather.
The National Weather Service is predicting only a 20 percent chance for showers on Monday, Oct. 20.
The bridge was originally scheduled to close for repair work on Monday, Oct. 6, but a delay in materials caused it to be pushed back to Monday, Oct. 13.
However, heavy rainfall on the morning of Oct. 13 caused yet another delay to Tuesday, Oct. 14. That plan was scrapped late Oct. 13 and the Oct. 20 date was issued.
That means the bridge will now be open before, during and after Colorfest in Louisiana this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.
The bridge is closing for expansion joint replacement and repair. The damage was found in recent bridge inspections.
The inspections also resulted in the alteration of the weight limit for trucks crossing the 86-year-old span. Trucks weighing 80,000 pounds or more now have to cross the river at St. Louis, Hannibal or Quincy, Ill.
That will be the case for all motorists for almost five days if the new bridge closure schedule goes into effect Oct. 20.