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Laborer Proposes Naming New Bridge After Coworker Who Died Building It

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Workers raise a new conduit into position on the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in December, 2012. (Photo via MoDOT)

Workers raise a new conduit into position on the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in December, 2012. (Photo via MoDOT)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The “Stan Span” may have a nice ring to it but not everyone is on board with a plan to honor the late St. Louis Cardinals legend by naming the new Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis after Stan Musial.

Shortly after the death of Musial last month, lawmakers began lining up to file bills to name the new bridge in his memory.

But during a hearing in Jefferson City, Travis Barnes testified that the bridge name should honor his good friend Andy Gammon, who died last spring while working on the bridge.

“March 28th, he got killed on the bridge. He was 35-year-old. He left behind a 5-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son,” Barnes said. “There was over 3,000 people at his funeral. We raised over $30,000 for him at a fundraiser and he was the best carpenter that ever worked on the bridge.”

State Senator Eric Schmitt, a co-sponsor of the Musial measure, said lawmakers are already considering how best to honor both men. “I vow that we will do everything possible on our side to make sure that happens.”

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