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Blanchette Bridge Undergoes Permanent Repairs

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By Hillary Wicai, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – When inspectors discovered cracks in one of the Blanchette Bridge's main support beams earlier this year, crews put a temporary fix in place. Starting June 16, they'll install a permanent repair.

Chris Sutton with the Missouri Department of Transportation says instead of removing the cracked beam, workers will cover the cracks with steel plates and add extra beams.

"Their vehicles will be underneath the bridge. Drivers probably won't notice they're there," Sutton says.

Sutton says workers will not have to close lanes for repairs. That's good news for the 200,000 drivers who pass over the bridge each day.

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