ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Legislation naming the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Thursday.

“As Jack Buck would say, ‘That’s a winner,'” says U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in a press release. “It’s a good day for St. Louis, Cardinal Nation, and the Musial family-and I’m thrilled the Stan Span will soon be a reality.”

The St. Louis Cardinals released a statement from the Musial children (Dick Musial, Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze and Jean Edmonds) saying, “We are very grateful that the new Mississippi River Bridge will be named the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Our father would be particularly proud to be forever linked to the many men and women who have bravely and selflessly served our nation.”

The legislation is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama.

McCaskill’s office (@McCaskillOffice) tweeted around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, “Claire: I’m looking forward to the future as everyone drives across that bridge they will tell their children why it’s called the #StanSpan.”

Sen. McCaskill introduced the bipartisan legislation to name the bridge earlier this year.

KMOX reported Tuesday that the legislation, regarding the name of the bridge, passed the U.S. House.


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