Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge completed on time and under budget

Posted on: 5:25 pm, February 8, 2014, by , updated on: 08:43am, February 9, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- All that’s left in the nearly four year new Mississippi River bridge project is to move the barrels and barricades in Missouri and Illinois to let the cars and trucks roll. The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is projected to open to vehicle traffic Sunday, February 9, around Noon.

The project’s directors say the bridge is relative bargain, even with a more than half-billion dollar price tag. It’s a $229 million bridge, a $700 million project in all. Even though the weather threw them a bit of a curve, the project’s directors say, it’s ready.

“It is a testament to engineering. We have the Eads bridge from about 140 years ago. We`re hopeful that this will be here at least that long if not longer.” said IDOT Project Engineer Jeffrey Church. “You know what happened Friday morning, with the accident on the Missouri side we had that backup. It shows the need for the new bridge.”

This is one of 37 separate projects in the over-all task of giving Interstate 70 its own crossing over the Mississippi River while still connecting it to the three interstates it used to meet at the Poplar Street Bridge.

The new bridge is pleasing to the eye, on-time, and under budget.

“We just didn’t pick this type of design because it was pretty. We picked it because it was the most economical and it just happens to be very nice looking as well. $229 million — typically in a project of this scale you’re looking at about 2% overruns, about $4-$5 million. Right now we’re $100,000 under that amount,” said Bridge Project Director Randy Hitt.

It’s going to take a little bit of synchronizing from workers on both sides of the river but the project’s directors say, by noon Sunday, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will be open for cars and trucks.

6 comments

  • Linda P says:

    I was excited about the new bridge until I found out it only goes one way!!!! from Illinois – 70 north – that MAY help some morning rush but very little – the REAL traffic problems in morning going from Illinois into Missouri is the traffic that needs to go 55 south & to 44 west – the exit ramp for that is a MAJOR hazard (dangerous/tight curve) & causes the bottle neck on Poplar Street bridge -(which would be a little less if the signage on the approach didn’t tell drivers all lanes got there! if the sign out those drivers for 55/44/70 in the right-hand lanes would help. I really thought new bridge was a north/south link/connection to I7. A lot of money spent to only go one way. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

  • martin says:

    Linda u should be in-charge of all roads! U nailed it

  • Mike says:

    I was excited about the new bridge. I could not wait to use it instead of the
    PSB. I live in Collinsville Il and work in mo. So I need to go south on highway 55. But until they add a ramp to the new bridge, I will be stuck in traffic on the PSB! Who’s the genius that decided the bridge did not
    need a ramp to go south on 55! Unbelievable! What a disappointment! I can
    only hope they fix this ASAP!

  • Anita Trisch says:

    Under Budget and a welcome addition to STL. The mighty Mississippi and Stan the Man 2 things I love about my state!

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