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Contractor Mistake Forces Additional Work On Bridge Ramp

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KMOX) - A big mistake by a contractor working on the new Mississippi River Bridge means tearing up an entire ramp and re-pouring the concrete again.

The ramp connects westbound Interstate 55-70 to the bridge but when it was was inspected, the cross slope was off.

The good news is that, according to Jeff Church with the Illinois Department of Transportation, taxpayers won’t have to pay for the mistake. “Since it was a contractor responsible for meeting specifications and they didn’t, it’s going to be their cost to remove and replace it.”

Church says inspectors found the ramp was “too flat” and that drivers might have been more prone to slide off of it. The old concrete will be hauled away Friday and the contractor will wait until March to re-pour the ramp.

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