Mississippi River Bridge

Mississippi River Bridge
5:50 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Missouri, Illinois Residents Celebrate New Bridge

Throngs of Illinois and Missouri residents brave a cold Saturday afternoon to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Joseph Leahy | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Thousands walked above the icy Mississippi River Saturday as governors, senators and U.S. representatives from Illinois and Missouri cut the ribbon on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The $230 million, cable-stayed structure is the culmination of a decades-long effort to relieve congestion on the nearby Poplar Street and Martin Luther King Bridges.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Update: The Archaeological Discoveries Made Possible By The New Mississippi River Bridge

Research coordinator Joe Galloy looks on as crew members excavate a large storage pit at the dig site. Archaeologists are not sure of its original function, but the Cahokians may have used it to store corn or other food.
Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

When something new is built, it can sometimes uncover something old. Such was the case with the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opening Sunday. During construction of the new bridge across the Mississippi River, the remains of an ancient American Indian settlement was discovered hidden below East St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Bridge Opening Should Give Commuters More Breathing Room

(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After four years under construction and more than a decade of planning, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will open for traffic Sunday, February 9. And when the bridge opens, so does another option for drivers making the commute across the Mississippi.

“What we anticipate is about 20 percent of the traffic coming off Poplar Street, about 50 percent coming off MLK/Eads,” Randy Hitt of the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

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Mississippi River Bridge
3:43 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Mississippi River Bridge To Open In February

A look at the under-construction Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in September 2013.
(via official MoDOT Mississippi River Bridge Facebook page)

Commuters, start your engines. The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will be open to traffic starting on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Commonly known by some as the 'Stan Span,' the bridge has been under construction since 2010. The name of the bridge was made official in July, and was a compromise between Missouri and Illinois lawmakers.

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Culture
1:24 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Going Up? Check Out The View From The Top Of The New Mississippi River Bridge

Looking back at downtown St. Louis on the way up to the top of one of the towers of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Scared of heights? Luckily for us, and for you, our Rachel Lippmann isn't.

On Thursday, Rachel got a tour up (and inside) the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, which will carry Interstate 70 across the Mississippi River.

Enjoy the views - without any of the risk. 

Mississippi River Bridge
3:20 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Look: Structural Work Completed On New 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge'

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuver the final steel girder into place on the Stan Musial Veteran's Memorial Bridge on July 26, 2013.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 3:43 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.

Three and a half years after the project began, the structural work is done on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuvered the 30,000-pound steel girder into place on Friday, officially connecting the $667 million bridge that will carry Interstate 70 over the river.

Watch its last few movements:

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Mississippi River Bridge
4:42 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Obama Signs Law Naming 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge'

Stan Musial.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt) (Image has been cropped)

President Barack Obama has signed legislation designating the new Interstate 70 bridge connecting St. Louis and southwestern Illinois over the Mississippi River as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."

The name is a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to name the bridge in honor of military veterans.

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Mississippi River Bridge
9:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill Naming St. Louis Bridge Span For Musial

Stan Musial.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt) (Image has been cropped)

Missouri is naming its side of a new Mississippi River span the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge" for the late St. Louis Cardinals great.

But the state might not have the exclusive naming rights. Federal legislation approved by Congress and awaiting action by President Barack Obama names it the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge." That name represents a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor Musial and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to honor military veterans.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

US House Approves Compromise For New Mississippi River Bridge Name

This bridge could soon be designated as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."
via MoDOT's Flickr

Illinois representatives wanted a veterans memorial bridge. Missouri representatives wanted a bridge named after Cardinals legend Stan Musial. The compromise would likely seem obvious to anyone outside of a gridlocked Washington: combine the two.

Illinois Representative Rodney Davis (R) sponsored a bill to name the new I-70 bridge the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge." The name compromise passed the House Tuesday evening with overwhelming support.

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Flooding
1:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Flooding Slows Connection Of New Mississippi River Bridge

A view of the not-quite-joined New Mississippi River Bridge span posted on the project's Facebook page on May 3, 2013.
(New Mississippi River Bridge Project Facebook page)

Add the New Mississippi River Bridge to the list of elements in the region affected by the most recent round of flooding.

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