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EB Poplar Street Bridge reopen after weekend slide

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge are open!

The lanes were closed Friday night so crews could do something pretty incredible.

"Basically what we're doing is taking the eastbound direction and sliding it nine feet," said MoDOT engineer Michelle Forneris.

Forneris made it sound easy, but moving the deck 9 feet south was nothing short of an engineering feat. The bridge is 50 years old, and crews had to move more than 10,000 tons of highway- which stretches nearly half a mile- while it's suspended over the Mississippi River.

"So, on each of the piers there's a track system and the bridge will sit in that track system and then slide the 9 feet," Forneris said.

The slide, which is part of on-going work to construct a fifth eastbound lane across the bridge between 6th Street and Illinois Route 3, moved at about 9 inches per hour. The entire project cost about $50 million.

Sunday afternoon, the bridge was repositioned.

The lanes reopened during the early morning hours Monday.

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