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Work on PSB slows eastbound traffic to a crawl in St. Louis

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) – Traffic woes continued Wednesday evening for drivers on the Poplar Street Bridge.

On Wednesday evening, eastbound traffic was backed up through the Vandeventer exit before 4:00 p.m.

Crews are working to repair a failed rebar on the bridge deck. Mike McManus traveled over the Poplar Street Bridge to see the Cardinals play Tuesday.  He said he didn't mind the repairs.

“Anytime they're fixing things, they're trying to make it safer for us to get here, to get home. So a little frustration might be worth it,” said McManus.

The lane services ramps to both Sauget and East St. Louis. Duran Robinson said he’s not using the Poplar Street Bridge to get back home.

“They need to fix the bridge and do what they do, I don't want no body getting hurt,” said Robinson.

With this latest emergency repair, News 4 looked into other recent repairs needed on the bridge. Major damage to two eastbound lanes on July 31 closed those lanes down. A missing piece of concrete on the deck found June 6 closed two eastbound lanes, leaving many to wonder when would permanent repairs be done.  At that time a spokesperson with IDOT told News 4 there wasn’t enough money to completely overhaul the bridge.

McManus is taking this recent delay all in stride.

“We're here to take in the ball game, hopefully see a cardinals win and get home quickly and safely,” said McManus.

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