Stan Musial Bridge Set To Open

Interstate 70 motorists and truckers trying to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis are on the verge of having a different, $700-million option.

A new four-lane, cable stayed bridge named after St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial opens Sunday to traffic.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, or the "Stan Span," is meant to relieve traffic on the chronically crammed, 50-year-old Poplar Street Bridge. That's one of just two bridges in the nation that accommodates three freeways.

Locals will get their first sampling of the bridge Saturday, when thousands are registered to take part in a six-kilometer fun run that includes the span as part of the course.

Ground was broken on the bridge in April 2010, and the last piece was put into place last summer.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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