(KMOV) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says more than 3,400 jobs were created in building the newly-named Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, which will connect Illinois and Missouri over the Mississippi River.
Gov. Quinn made the announcement as part of a speech in Brooklyn, Ill. to update preparations being made on the final steps of the project, which is scheduled to be complete by early 2014.
“We look forward to seeing the final beam that will connect two great states on this historic bridge project, enhancing safety and relieving congestion in the area,” Quinn said. “This bridge has already made a great impact by providing thousands of jobs and boosting economic activity in the region that will continue for many years to come.
Construction workers recently finished installing the cables on both sides of the bridge and are working on final preparations to close the gap at the center of the bridge.
The new bridge will connect Interstate 70 from the I-55/I-64/I-70 interchange on the Illinois side to I-70 near Cass Avenue in Missouri. It will have two lanes of traffic going each with the ability to expand to three.
“This project has been a great benefit to the entire region. It has provided jobs and opportunities for many families, and I am pleased that it is proceeding on schedule,” said state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville).