12/13/2013 1:19:00 PM St.L I-70 bridge to open in Feb.
Interstate 70 motorists and truckers trying to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis soon will have a different option, and with any luck, it’ll be faster.
Missouri and Illinois officials announced Thursday that the new four-lane-cable stayed bridge named after St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial will open to traffic Feb. 9, a celebrated milestone for a $700 million project that took a few years — and a few squabbles — to complete.
The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, or the “Stan Span,” will relieve traffic on the chronically crammed, 50-year-old Poplar Street Bridge, which is one of just two bridges in the nation that accommodates three freeways.
“This historic project will not only improve safety and reduce congestion but will create an entirely new corridor for economic development between two great states,” Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to opening this much-needed bridge.”