ABOUT THE BRIDGE

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (known as the new Mississippi River Bridge until its formal naming in 2013) is the newest bridge in the St. Louis Metrpolitan area across the Mississippi which will span from St. Louis, MO to East St. Louis, IL.

The cable-stayed bridge will have a main span of 1,500 feet (457 m). It will carry four main traffic lanes, with room to add a lane in each direction. It is designed so that a companion bridge could be built beside it.

When the bridge is complete, Interstate 70 will be re-routed, diverging from the current I-70 at Cass Avenue and connecting with the existing Interstate 55/Interstate 64/I-70 in East St. Louis.

The Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation (MoDOT and IDOT) say that if traffic continues to increase, sometime around 2017 a third lane will be added each way. If it continues to do so, a companion bridge will be built to the south.

Ground was broken on April 19, 2010. In 2012, both the Missouri and Illinois approaches were under construction. The last piece was put into place in July 2013 completing the span with the opening to vehicular traffic on February 9, 2014.