Missourians, Illinoisans get to discuss Missouri River bridge

Thursday, May 1, 2008 | 4:22 p.m. CDT; updated 8:07 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Illinoisans or Missourians curious about a planned Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis will have a chance this month to ask questions or get updates.

Transportation departments in both states have scheduled two open house-style meetings about the proposed four-lane, $640 million span.

The first meeting will be May 19 at Clay Elementary School in St. Louis. A similar forum will be held the next day at the Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center in East St. Louis. Both will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

Both Illinois and Missouri hope to begin construction in 2010, with work taking four to six years.

Missouri would pick up about $88 million of the tab and cover any cost overruns. Illinois would contribute $313 million, with the federal government pitching in $239 million.

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