MLK bridge in St. Louis closes temporarily -

MLK bridge in St. Louis closes temporarily

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A key Mississippi River crossing between Illinois and St. Louis is closed to traffic for nearly two weeks.

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday shut down the Martin Luther King Bridge linking St. Louis to East St. Louis, Ill., for 12 days for repairs meant to make the span safer.

IDOT plans to add a concrete divider and change the span to three lanes from four lanes. It will reopen with two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane. The new lanes will also be wider -- 12 feet, up from the current 10 feet.

The project will cost about $1.4 million.

The bridge has been the site of several fatal crashes, including some where drivers crossed the center line and struck oncoming vehicles.

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