ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to resurrect a ramp proposal aimed at easing traffic on the busy Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis, but Illinois officials oppose the idea.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/HMOLPX ) reports that Missouri would spend $55 million to build two-lane ramps to ease bottlenecks at Interstate 55 and the Mississippi River crossing. The existing one-lane ramps often cause traffic backups.
Illinois officials oppose the plan because it would remove the ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to the bridge -- a ramp that Illinois officials call a vital link between downtown St. Louis and the Metro East.
Illinois successfully had the ramp project removed from a regional five-year transportation spending plan last summer. But MoDOT officials say they want it restored.