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Entire Ramp To Mississippi River Bridge Being Torn Up

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. (KTVI) - A 400 yard stretch of concrete that was recently poured as part of the new Mississippi River Bridge project is now being dug back up.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says its contractor failed to meet certain safety requirements pertaining to the slope of the ramp.

The ramp will eventually connect Illinois drivers to the new bridge.

Jeff Church is IDOT's project implementation leader for district 8 in Collinsville.  He says the mistake was the contractor's fault and that the contractor will pick up the tab for making repairs.

"They're going to be responsible for the cost of removing and replacing it," said Church.

He said the contractor is Fred Weber construction.  We contracted the company late in the afternoon on Wednesday and did not hear back from a representative.

Church said the concrete did not contain enough slope to be safe.  He said specifics are spelled out in the contract for the project.  

"It did not meet what was specified in the contact and also was too flat," said Church.

He emphasized that taxpayers would not be stuck with the bill for the mistake and that the project should not be delayed.

"We have almost a full year to get it done, so it's not going to have any impact on the overall project schedule," said Church.

The new Mississippi River Bridge is scheduled to be completed in January of 2014.  

Once the old concrete from the mistake is hauled away, the second attempt to pour concrete for the ramp will take place this spring.