Martin Luther King Bridge at St. Louis to stay closed longer

The Gateway Arch is seen beyond the MLK Bridge on Friday, July 17, 2015, as light traffic crosses in its remaining days of being open.

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis-area commuters who prefer to cross the Mississippi River on the Martin Luther King Bridge will have to wait quite a while longer for the bridge to reopen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that flooding this spring and summer has delayed a construction project on the bridge that closed in August of last year. It was originally expected to reopen this fall.

Now, according to th Illinois Department of Transportation, the bridge work won’t be complete until next summer.

IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell says the flooding impacted train routes. He says the diverted trains were rerouted to tracks under the bridge project, preventing IDOT from being able to safely remove a section of the existing bridge.

The construction work is on the Illinois side.

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