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Federal, state officials kick off Eads Bridge project in St. Louis


Yesterday, Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan joined Missouri and Illinois officials to launch a $36 million project to repair the historic Eads Bridge in St. Louis.

The project is being funded in part by more than $34 million in federal dollars, including $25 million in economic stimulus funds and $9 million in additional federal transit funds directed to the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District, said Federal Transit Administration officials in a prepared statement.

Local funds will cover the remaining cost to modernize and repair the 138-year-old bridge, which thousands of people use daily to cross the Mississippi River via light rail or roadway.

Workers will replace support steel that dates to the 1920s, upgrade the MetroLink track system, and blast and paint the superstructure with a protective coating to prevent rust.

“Keeping this essential bridge safe and in good working order is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said McMillan. “All across America, the infrastructure we depend on, like this bridge, is in need of modernization and repairs.”

The project is slated for completion by fall 2015.

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