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Groundbreaking for new Mississippi River bridge postponed



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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The groundbreaking ceremony for a new Mississippi River bridge between Illinois and Missouri at St. Louis is on hold.

The ceremonial launch of construction on the four-lane span that's expected to cost $670 million was scheduled for Friday on the Eads Bridge, which links St. Louis to East St. Louis.

But the event was postponed because Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and federal lawmakers from Missouri and Illinois were unable to make the trip to St. Louis due to weather issues.

The event hasn't yet been rescheduled.

The new bridge is intended to ease congestion at one of the nation's busiest crossings and be completed by the middle part of this decade.

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