Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for GEANCO Foundation)
Tanica Russell, KSDK
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) - East St. Louis stands to gain plenty of new road from a new capital project ahead of the opening of the new Mississippi River Bridge.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced $5.6 million to relocate key roads in East St. Louis for the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The new project will generate 3,400 jobs and be a boon to the local economy, he said.
The Stan Musial Bridge will carry traffic on Interstate 70 from Illinois to Missouri and connect I-70 from Interstate 55/Interstate 64/I-70 interchange on the Illinois side of the river to I-70 near Cass Avenue in Missouri. It will ease traffic congestion and improve safety, Gov. Quinn said.
Federal and state funds have paid for the $708-million Stan Musial Bridge project as well as Gov. Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital program. Missouri contributed $66 million toward the project.
The bridge is scheduled to be complete in 2014.