Ribbon cutting ceremony marks opening of the Stan Span

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 7:00 PM

(KMOV.com) -- After 4 years in the making, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will be ready for drivers Sunday, but the bridge officially opened for the public Saturday.

Politicians from both Missouri and Illinois took part in an official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Bi-State project.

“Well I think it’s going to open up new opportunity and new jobs,” said Senator Dick Durbin, “And that’s exactly what people are looking for.”

The opening ceremony Saturday for the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge gave people from Illinois and Missouri a chance to walk, run, and bike, before drivers take the road.

The bridge will give drivers a new route between Downtown St. Louis and the Metro-East.

Officials expect that about 40,000 cars and trucks will use the new bridge come Monday morning. And it’s expected that the new bridge will reduce the number of travelers across the Poplar Street Bridge each morning, by about 20 percent. 

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