St. Louis river bridge to close for 4 months of upgrades

3 years 2 months 1 day ago Saturday, July 18 2015 Jul 18, 2015 Saturday, July 18, 2015 12:10:16 PM CDT July 18, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A key Mississippi River bridge between St. Louis and Illinois soon will be closed for at least four months for roughly $16 million of improvements.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Martin Luther King Bridge will shut down starting Monday so crews can remove the deck, replace the middle truss span and make structural steel repairs and paint.

An Illinois Department of Illinois project engineer, Jeff Church said drivers should use the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge as a detour.

IDOT said 26,700 vehicles use the King bridge each day, and the Missouri Department of Transportation said about 40,000 drivers travel the Stan Musial bridge.

The bridge opened as the Veterans Memorial Bridge in 1951 as a toll bridge built by East St. Louis, Illinois, for $10.5 million.

 

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