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Flooding causes problems for construction on new Mississippi River Bridge

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Flooding is creating problems for the new Mississippi River Bridge, which is supposed to ease some of the traffic congestion in downtown St. Louis.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that if the river rises a few feet higher, it will have to put construction on the new bridge on hold.

The water levels are already above flood stage, and it’s slowed down to the point where crews are working at about 60 to 70 percent efficiency.

Crews are also competing with a much faster current. The water has risen so high that MoDOT had to remove a small foot-bridge and transport crews by boat to work on the project.

Crews continue to work six days a week, and they remain conscious about safety.

MoDOT says it still expects the project to be completed in early 2014.

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