Kingshighway Bridge to partially re-open Saturday - KMOV.com

Kingshighway Bridge to partially re-open Saturday

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

The Kingshighway Bridge will partially re-open Saturday afternoon, the St. Louis Streets Department said.

Work on the bridge started in 2015, closing the stretch of Kingshighway between Shaw and Vandeventer.

Four lanes of Kingshighway will re-open at 2:00 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m.

The opening has been pushed back several times, and businesses on both sides of the bridge are cautiously optimistic. 

"You see orange cones every single day, and rock debris, no parking, road closed, it's just mentally debilitating," said JB Anderson at Gas Light Lounge located at Shaw and Kingshighway. They knew when they opened last year what they were getting into, but they're hopeful the opening will bring more business to their bar and lounge. 

"So many people were just afraid to drive down Kingshiway that they never knew we existed, the simplicity of getting to The Hill will increase business," said Anderson. 

Workers at Don Brown Chevrolet agree, saying it will be nice to get traffic back flowing around their business on the south side of the bridge. They'll be at the ribbon cutting Saturday where a party is planned. 

"Its going to be great, they're going to make a big deal out of it and they should because its been almost two years," said Tim Ryan, manager at Don Brown Chevrolet. 

Originally, the plan was to have the bridge partially re-opened by December but was pushed back to late April. The re-opening was scheduled for late April but delayed again due to rain.

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