ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - The Eads Bridge in downtown St. Louis is finally getting a long awaited facelift. Work is set to begin on Tuesday. Many leaders from Metro all the way up to the federal government will be at a news conference Tuesday morning to announce the details.
Metro has received millions in federal stimulus dollars to rehab the bridge. Metro St. Louis' website says the projects include replacing support steel that dates back to the 1920's, blasting and painting the entire superstructure of the bridge, and upgrading the MetroLink track system, including the rails, ties, and wire connections.
The agency's website says eastbound and westbound Metro trains will both run on one track in the area while work is being performed on the other track.
This rehab project has had struggles. The project has been delayed for more than two years. Costs have increased from the original $23 million estimate to now more than $36 million. The rehab is expected to take three years. The Eads Bridge dates back to 1874. It reopened to traffic in 2003 after being closed for more than a decade.
Metro says this rehab project will provide jobs and improve our region's infrastructure. The bridge carries both cars and MetroLink trains.