ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Marking another step in the process, Missouri Department of Transportation officials and other local leaders cut the ribbon on the Missouri approach to the New Mississippi River Bridge Friday morning.
Project Director Greg Horn says completion of the approach just north of downtown, is another milestone, “When we started this project out we were going to build this and the Illinois approach and the river bridge as one project. Early on we talked to the contractors and they said we’d get better bids if we let the approaches separate from the river bridge. We did that, and this is the first joint funded project from I-DOT, M0DOT and the Federal Highway that’s complete.”
See what it will look like to drive eastbound on the Missouri approach:
Horn says the $10.9 million dollar project came in ‘a little’ under budget and was completed about a month early. He says it also exceeded the minority contractor participation target.
Horn says the next step in building the bridge on the Missouri side is completing the approaches. He says last weekend’s closing of I-70 for the demolition of the Howard St. overpass should be the last time the highway has to be shut down.
The entire $667 million dollar bridge is expected to open in 2014.
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