Right now, the Poplar Street Bridge is one of only two interstate bridges in the country. Future plans are to realign Interstate 70 to send traffic to the new bridge. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation expect to take a lot of commercial traffic off the PSB.
But this is dangerous work. In March, Andy Gammon was only 32 when he died. He was operating a man-lift for the project on a barge. He was trying to be safe by tethering himself to the crane.
That usually keeps workers from falling in the water, assuming the lift says put. But it did not. It took more than a day to find Gammon's body still tethered to the lift. The National Park Service counts 15 men who died while building the Eads Bridge in the 1870s.