Mississippi River Bridge

New Miss. River Bridge
9:15 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Stan Musial Bridge Bill On Its Way To Mo. Gov. Nixon

Mississippi River Bridge
4:46 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Standards For Minority, Female Worker Participation Set In IDOT, Union Agreement

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and labor unions have signed off on an agreement that sets requirements for state-funded bridge and road projects.

Union and church leaders met with Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider at the new Mississippi River Bridge Wednesday, celebrating the new Project Labor Agreement that will set standards for minority and female participation.

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Stan Musial
1:25 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

U.S. Senate Effort To Name Bridge After Cards Great Musial Moves Forward

Stan Musial.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

A national-level effort to name the new Mississippi River Bridge after late St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial is one step closer to law.

U.S. Senators passed the legislation unanimously on Tuesday and mirrors several state-level initiatives

The Senate measure will now move on to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

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Mississippi River Bridge
2:52 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Photos: New Mississippi River Bridge Construction In Action

Crews prepare to connect a new conduit on the new Mississippi River Bridge.
Missouri Department of Transportation

The Missouri Department of Transportation has released some new photos of construction workers installing the massive cables on the new Mississippi River Bridge. The process of installing those cables is expected to take about a year to complete.

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Economy
6:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Rethinking St. Louis Highways

John Norquist, CEO Congress for New Urbanism
Credit Congress for New Urbanism

The creation of the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi just north of downtown has created renewed interest in a plan to remove the part of I-70 that currently runs through downtown.

John Norquist is the President of the Congress for New Urbanism, where he champions a growing movement encouraging cities to tear down their freeways. 

Norquist gave a talk at Washington University entitled “Rethinking Our Streets: The Value of Flexible Street Design”

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Morning Round-Up
9:07 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, September 10, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Mo. traffic fatalities continue climbing

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths are taking a troubling turn upward this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says through Sept. 4, 554 people had died on Missouri roads, compared to 498 over the same period in 2011. Fatalities in 2011 reached their lowest total since the 1940s.

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Towers complete
12:39 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Crews finish towers for new Mississippi River bridge

Workers hoist a flag on the top of the newly-completed Missouri-side tower of the Mississippi River Bridge. Both of the bridge's towers have been completed.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Crews building the new span across the Mississippi River north of downtown St. Louis have hit an important project milestone - the completion of the twin 400-foot towers. Within a week, workers will start stringing cables from the towers to support the 1,500-foot main span.

"This is great," said project manager Greg Horn with the Missouri Department of Transportation. "These towers were one of the big things we had to get done."

There's no easy part of the project this massive, Horn said, but crews are feeling a sense of relief.

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Re-routing I-70
5:50 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Metro East officials fight to keep Mo. bridge ramp open

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern says closing an eastbound ramp to the Poplar Street Bridge would cut off traffic from East St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Plans to re-route Interstate 70 over the new Mississippi River Bridge are facing a roadblock from stakeholders in the Metro East. The $55 million project includes eliminating the east-bound ramp that connects Interstates 70 and 44 to the Poplar Street Bridge.

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern told the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday that cutting access to the bridge would strangle an already struggling economy.

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MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE
3:44 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Search to continue for missing Mississippi River Bridge worker

A view of the Mississippi River Bridge construction area from a time-lapse camera taken at 2:32 p.m. today.
(Missouri Department of Transportation website)

Updated at 9 am to correct the name of the worker.

Updated at 11:45 p.m.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that divers have recovered the body of the carpenter, who East St. Louis police identified to the paper as Aaron Andy Gammon. The paper says Gammon was still tethered to the aerial lift that plunged into the water on Wednesday.

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Morning Round-up
8:55 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a new budget recommendation by Governor Jay Nixon that would help avoid cuts to health benefits for the blind.
(david_shane)

Mo. Senator accuses state labor department of improperly manipulating wages with unions

A top Missouri Senate leader says the state labor department is improperly working with unions to manipulate wages paid on public works projects. The state calculates an annual "prevailing wage" for various construction trades in each county based on surveys of wages already paid on jobs.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, said Wednesday that state bureaucrats and labor unions had engaged in what he called "collusion.

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