Will the Poplar Street Bridge receive permanent repairs? - KMOV.com

Will the Poplar Street Bridge receive permanent repairs?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - On Tuesday evening, two of the Poplar Street Bridge's four eastbound lanes were closed during rush hour to make an emergency repair, leaving commuters in bumper-to-bumper traffic and wondering the bridge will ever receive permanent repairs.

An estimated 10,000 commuters travel between Missouri and Illinois on the Poplar and some have expressed frustration with the seemingly endless roadwork on the bridge.

Tuesday's roadwork on the bridge was to replace a missing piece of concrete on the deck, IDOT representatives said.

"The missing piece was about the size of a coffee can, but the repair required taking out an area that was about four by six," said Joseph Monroe, an IDOT operations engineer.

Monroe told News 4 that Tuesday's work was permanent, but said there could always be emergency repairs in the future. He also added that IDOT cannot afford to completely remedy all of the bridge's problems.

"We do not have enough money to strip the surface down to the structure and replace the surface, but we do have enough money to do routine repairs," Monroe said.

Even with Illinois's budget crisis, IDOT said there is enough money for future planned maintenance on the Poplar Street Bridge.
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