St. Louis, Mo. – The two lanes on the eastbound Blanchette Bridge that were closed this week are now open. The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the lanes when it found cracks on a support beam under the bridge.
The agency is also stepping up efforts to reinspect all bridges over the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to look for damage, possibly the result of the fluctuating temperatures in recent weeks.
The agency is adding an inspection team in hopes of looking over its 36 major river bridges within three months.
St. Louis, MO – MO-DOT says commuters should consider avoiding the Blanchette Bridge. Two lanes on the eastbound bridge will be closed for several weeks because crews Tuesday found five cracks on the structure.
But MO-DOT's Mike Fitzpatrick says the bridge is safe. "If it wasn't safe, they'd have closed the whole bridge," Fitzpatrick said.
Arnold, Mo. – A man from Arnold has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a Porsche owned by actor Nicholas Cage.
Police found the $100,000 car last year submerged in a lake, after Michael Gramling stole it from a parking lot in Arnold. The car was being delivered to Pennsylvania at the time.
Gramling pleaded guilty last year. Another defendant, 21-year-old Scott Air Force Base airman Robert Clerkin, was previously tried on stealing charges in a military court and sentenced to six months in the stockade.