Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

Mississippi River Bridge
11:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Timelapse: Watch Construction Of New Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge From The Ground Up

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

The construction of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge took several years to complete - but now you can watch it happen in just minutes.

The Missouri Department of Transportation posted these neat timelapse videos (see below) of the construction on its Facebook page Friday.

From two different angles, the videos show the creation of another link for the St. Louis region - even if it's not a bridge you travel much yet -- and the passing of the seasons. 

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Infrastructure
12:46 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Commuters Slow To Adapt To New Bridge

Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Commuters are taking a while to warm up to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Traffic on the bridge, which carries I-70 north of downtown St. Louis, is estimated to reach 40,000 vehicles a day eventually. But after an initial spike, the bridge saw traffic volume of about 28,000 vehicles a day during its first week of regular use.

Joseph Monroe with the Illinois Department of Transportation says engineers expect it to take some time for motorists to change their routine.

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By The Numbers
9:44 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Explore The New Mississippi River Bridge Graphic

Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

  • Construction began in April 2010.
  • The bridge cost came in at $670 million including land acquisition, utility relocation and construction
  • The total bridge span has 16.367 million pounds of structural steel and 12 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

Area residents will have a rare chance Saturday to see the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge up close before it officially opens to vehicle traffic on Sunday.

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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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How We Move
4:57 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Navigating The STL Region After Long-Awaited Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens

Credit (New Mississippi River Bridge Project Facebook page)

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River is slated to open early next year.

As part of St. Louis Public Radio's series of reports on the region's aging infrastructure called "How We Move," Julie Bierach spoke with Jerry Blair with the East-West Gateway Council about how the $667 million bridge will impact travel in the St. Louis region.

She began by asking him when they started planning for a new bridge.

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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. 

Politics
4:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Governor Quinn Visits Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

Ill. Governor Pat Quinn visits the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis July 15, 2013. The bridge is scheduled to open March 2014.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Monday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn paid a visit to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in East St. Louis.

Quinn said the bridge will reduce congestion and pollution and praised the jobs the project has created. He also hopes the project nurtures a positive relationship between Missouri and Illinois.

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