Economic Development Research Group assisted the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), on the successful application for the highly competitive, 2015 US Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant (TIGER).
EDR Group prepared the benefit cost analysis and economic impact assessment for the application, which resulted in a $10 million TIGER Grant. The grant will provide funding to replace the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete 87-year old Champ Clark Bridge, which carries traffic on U.S. Route 54 across the Mississippi River from the city of Louisiana, Missouri, to Pike County, Illinois. The existing bridge has become increasingly unreliable due to rising maintenance needs and closures caused by seasonal flooding that result in a 77-mile detour. The new bridge will have a 100-year lifespan and will include 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders, providing room for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is the result of a partnership between the states of Missouri and Illinois.
USDOT 2015 TIGER Award Announcement (page 25)