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.
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.
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.
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.
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.