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Vandeventer Bridge demolition means Metrolink delays

(Rendering courtesy of Metro)
A rendering the new Vandeventer Bridge after its completion in spring 2010.

By Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio – The demolition of the 80 year old Vandeventer Bridge this Saturday will mean that Metrolink service will be interrupted for more than a week.

The bridge, which has deteriorated greatly in recent years, supports two Metrolink rail lines and a freight track. Metro spokeswoman Diane Williams says from Saturday through January 3, Metrolink riders will be taken off the train and shuttled between the Grand and Central West End stations on buses.

"We've timed this so that we're doing it between Christmas and New Year's and that's when our ridership is very, very, very low. So it will affect fewer people than it would at any other time in the year," Williams said.

Work on replacing the bridge has been going on since earlier this month. The $5 million project is expected to be completed sometime next spring.

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