(KMOV) – Officials have released statistics showing fewer drivers are using the $650 million Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge than originally estimated.
Three days before the bridge opened in February, project officials told News 4 it would take 20 percent of traffic off the Poplar Street Bridge and as much as 50 percent off the Eads and MLK bridges.
After 10 weeks, traffic is down more than 25 percent on the Eads and 40 percent on the MLK, but down just about 7 percent on the Poplar Street Bridge.
But officials note all traffic on the five main bridges - the Stan Span, the Poplar, the MLK, Eads and McKinley - is up more than 7 percent.
Illinois Department of Transportation officials say more than 30,000 cars and trucks are going across the Stan Span during each commute. Officials estimate 40,000 vehicles will use the bridge during commutes at its peak.