New Mississippi River bridge contract awarded -

New Mississippi River bridge contract awarded

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Highway commissioners have approved a $229.5 million contract to build the main span of the new bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

The joint bid from Massman Construction/Traylor Brothers/Alberici Constructors was the low bid, but about $39 million more than officials had expected.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission called a special meeting Wednesday to decide whether to accept the bid, or postpone the already long-delayed project.

Officials in Missouri and Illinois have hoped to start construction on the proposed four-lane span as early as next year, with work taking four to six years.

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