Chester Bridge Study
Welcome to the Chester Bridge Study website where you will find the latest information about this study and how to be involved.
Over the course of seven decades, the Chester Bridge has become less functional for modern vehicles. The bridge is now in poor condition and too narrow by today’s design standards. Thus the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Southeast District, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is conducting an environmental study of the Chester Bridge (Route 51) over the Mississippi River. The goal of this study is to develop a safe and reliable Route 51 river crossing.
Located southwest of Chester, Illinois, and northeast of Perryville, Missouri, the Chester Bridge is the only connection for motorists across the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri to the north, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri to the south. The current truss bridge was originally constructed in 1942, and was re-constructed in 1944 after a severe storm destroyed the main span. The bridge has allowed motorists to travel both east and west across the Mississippi River for more than 73 years.