IDOT Postpones McKinley Bridge Closure

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(KTVI) - The Illinois Department of Transportation postponed closing the McKinley Bridge until June 28, 2013.

I-DOT engineer Barry Gibbs said many Illinois roads are still shut down because of flooding.  Also the Komen Race for the Cure is planned for next weekend.  The walk and run to raise awareness of breast cancer draws well over 60,000 people.  The Cardinals will be back in town to play at home the following weekend.  Gibbs said I-DOT does not close bridges when the Redbirds play at Busch Stadium.

I-DOT announced that contractors need to clean the bridge deck and apply a sealant. So, the bridge will completely shut down starting at 9 p.m. Friday, the 28th. Officials believe workers should be done by 5 a.m. Monday, June 31st.  This work will go on as long as the weather holds up.

The McKinley is a link between northern parts of Madison County in Illinois and Salisbury north of Interstate-70 in St. Louis.  It looks like anyone trying to cross the Mississippi River may have to take either the Martin Luther King Bridge or the Poplar Street Bridge, and maybe spend a few extra minutes on Illinois Route 3.

This may not be the traffic nightmare some have come to expect.  First, the Bridge links two heavily industrial areas.  The traffic tends to evaporate over the weekend.  Also, the Cardinals are on the road.  They will spend the weekend in Cincinnati, taking on the Reds.

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