Scaled-Down Bridge at St. Louis

1 decade 4 years 2 months ago Wednesday, May 31 2006 May 31, 2006 Wednesday, May 31, 2006 8:55:40 PM CDT May 31, 2006 in News
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - Illinois is reportedly considering a scaled-down effort to relieve traffic congestion over the Mississippi River between the Metro East and neighboring St. Louis. Illinois and Missouri have been wrangling over how to pay for a $910 million bridge project. Now, a source tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Illinois transportation officials are reviewing the possibility of building a coupler span onto the existing Martin Luther King Bridge. The source says that could cost as much as $450 million. Top lawmakers from Illinois joined representatives of the governor's office and transportation officials in briefing labor and business leaders about the scaled-down plan Tuesday. Officials in Missouri say they haven't been briefed about the plan and can't comment.

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