In 2009, the news from the U.S. Census Bureau was all good for the city of St. Louis.
The American Community Survey showed the city's population had 356,587 people - up about two percent from the 2000 official count. And Mayor Francis Slay would challenge numbers that didn't confirm the notion that his city was growing.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say work on the Poplar Street Bridge will start this spring and continue into the fall.
The work will involve resurfacing the bridge deck and will result in lane closures and traffic delays.
Deanna Venker is an area engineer for MoDOT. She says the work could not be delayed until the completion of the new Mississippi River bridge in 2014.
More not-so-great economic news for the St. Louis region today.
The Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri released its data on the number of permits issued by the six counties (St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Franklin) and the city of St. Louis. They show that builders were looking to start construction on just 120 new single-family homes in January 2011. That's down more than 40 percent from January 2010, and is the lowest monthly total since November of 2008.
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