New bridge yet to reach traffic projections

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ A study by the Illinois Department of Transportation indicates traffic on a new bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis isn’t at projected traffic levels.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge was expected to carry about 40,000 vehicles a day. Transportation Department figures released Monday show the bridge has averaged about 31,100 a day since it opened in early February.

IDOT engineer Tiffany Brae says the lagging number is a temporary circumstance and not an indication the $700 million bridge is a bust. The bridge carries Interstate 70 traffic across the Mississippi River between Illinois and St. Louis.

Brase said the numbers are close to what the department would expect them to be with the bridge being open for only a short time.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com