The Champ Clark Bridge that connects this Pike County town to Illinois tops the statewide list of rural spans that need replacement, says the Missouri Department of Transportation.
At 87 years old, the bridge undergoes a yearly safety inspection. Most bridges are inspected every two years, but officials say yearly inspection is necessary on this bridge due to its age and condition.
The cost for a new bridge is estimated at $60 million, to be split between Missouri and Illinois.
Illinois says it can come up with its share. Missouri cannot.
The Champ Clark Bridge is one of roughly 600 statewide in critical condition, and that MoDOT is struggling to maintain and in some cases, searching for money to replace.