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With a span of the new Stan Musial Veterans Bridge exposed, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joins  workers to talk about the nearly completed bridge as preparations are being made for the final section in Brooklyn, Illinois on July 15, 2013. The bridge will connect Illinois to Missouri and has created 3,400 jobs. The bridge should be open by March 2014.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

With a span of the new Stan Musial Veterans Bridge exposed, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joins workers to talk about the nearly completed bridge as preparations are being made for the final section in Brooklyn, Illinois on July 15, 2013. The bridge will connect Illinois to Missouri and has created 3,400 jobs. The bridge should be open by March 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is on the home stretch of construction. To celebrate, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was on the bridge deck, Monday, touting the economic impact the new bridge could bring.

“This is going to reduce congestion, reduce pollution,” Quinn says. “Anytime you build a bridge, it’s part of growing an economy and both of our states are interlinked here and it’s important that we help each other.”

Quinn says the bridge will spur new home construction, new businesses and jobs on both sides of the river.

“It’s going to increase property values and it also leads to economic development in terms of stores, commercial development and things like that, which brings sales tax revenue and also most importantly jobs,” he says.

While Quinn spoke, cement trucks poured concrete on the approach to the new bridge. Last week the final cables were installed on the suspension bridge which crosses the Mississippi River north of downtown St. Louis.

One more section of the bridge deck still needs to be finished, along with finishing off the ramps and approaches to the bridge.

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