By Mandi Rice, St. Louis Public Radio
ST. LOUIS – The Eads Bridge will shut down for 40 days, starting next week, for preventative maintenance. The bridge will close after the morning rush hour on Monday, and is scheduled to reopen by November 26.
The city of St. Louis is using federal funds to repair the bridge's expansion joints and reseal the roadway. Richard Bradley, president of St. Louis' Board of Public Service, said that officials tried to avoid overlap with closings on other bridges.
"We have put this project off for as long as we can to accommodate work that is happening on the Poplar Street Bridge," Bradley said. "However we're coming close to the end of the year."
The Eads Bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic and the MetroLink.
Drivers can use the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge or the Poplar Street Bridge instead.