“Stan Musial” Bridge Naming Approved By U.S. Senate

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WASHINGTON, DC (KTVI)  –The new Interstate 70 Mississippi River bridge is another step closer to being named after Cardinals great Stan Musial.

Legislation was presented in the U.S. Senate Monday and passed unanimously.  Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin are behind the move in Washington to get the bridge named after the late Cardinal Hall of Famer.

“Since the bridge spans two states we thought it would be a good idea to have us act with legislation naming it the Stan Musial bridge.” said Sen. Claire McCaskill said back in January.   Stan “The Man” Musial died January 19.

The bridge naming has not come without some controversy. The widow of a worker who fell from the bridge wants it named after him.  Andy Gammon, 35, fell off the bridge in March 2012. “We love Musial, but we would like Andy to be remembered, ” Tracy Gammon said.

The bridge is expected to open next year.  The legislation now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.