Drought slowing work on new St. Louis bridge

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 7:44 a.m. CDT; updated 12:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ST. LOUIS — The severe summer drought is slowing construction of the new Mississippi River bridge being built in St. Louis.

Missouri Department of Transportation project director Greg Horn told KMOX Radio that the river is so low that barges are unable to carry deck sections between the piers and the bank. Instead, crews are building those sections in place, which takes more time.

Still, Horn says the bridge carrying traffic between Missouri and Illinois should open on schedule by January 2014.

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