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 New Downtown St Louis Bridge to Cost $900 Million
By Editor (Source: Illinois Department of Transportation)
Fri, Nov 4th, 2005 1:35 pm

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (iDOT) can't agree on a lot of things when it comes to building a new Mississippi river bridge to connect downtown St. Louis with the Illinois side of the river just north of the Edward Jones Dome.  However one thing they agree upon: the initial $1.5 to $2 billion price tag to build a "landmark" bridge is just too much.

In a press release issued by iDOT this week, they announced that, "preliminary results of the re-evaluation study to reduce the total cost for the New Mississippi River Bridge to a little more than $900 million for a cost savings of roughly $700 million."

"This new plan allows us to start construction much sooner with the funds we have available and helps avoid increases due to inflation," said Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Tim Martin.

Some of the cost savings will come from building a new river bridge with a shorter center span and narrowing the space between eastbound and westbound lanes.  The goal is to provide a new bridge across the Mississippi River by 2013.

The New Mississippi River Bridge Project has been earmarked to receive $239 million from the federal transportation bill and the states will need to identify the remaining $671 million to completely fund the project.  Officials and lawmakers are discussing several options to secure funding.

IDOT and MoDOT are holding public meetings to give details and receive feedback on the re-evaluation study.

In Missouri, a meeting will be held at:

Time:     5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Date:     Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Place:    Webster Middle School
2127 N. 11th Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63106

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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