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McKinley Bridge's reopening set for Nov. 10

McKinley Bridge.

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Those waiting for the McKinley Bridge to re-open will have to wait a little longer.

The Illinois Department of Transportation had planned to open it again this month but now the date has been pushed back to November 10th.

I-DOT project implementation engineer Jeff Church says a two-month delay is not bad for the four-year, $46 million project.

"I don't think that it's to be unexpected with a project this long and this complicated," Church said. "So we're happy that we're still going to get it open this calendar year."

Church says workers are completing the bridge approach on the Illinois side and finishing repairs on the trusses, along with painting.

The bridge is expected to carry at least 10,000 vehicles each day when it re-opens.

Church says that should relieve some of the bridge congestion at St. Louis.

"Especially when we close any lanes on the approaches to the bridges or the bridges themselves, we create gridlock in the mornings and evenings, so these extra lanes will certainly help that," Church said.

The bridge will include two lanes of traffic, a bike path, and a repair lane.

McKinley Bridge was closed in 2001 because it was considered unsafe.

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