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Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge


Construction of the East tower

View facing north-east of the east tower. The approach is also somewhat visible. For a sense of scale, the zig-zag in between the tower legs is a staircase.

Photo taken by Fmiser 2012-06-12

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #233438


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Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

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Cable-stayed bridge over Mississippi River on Interstate 70
St. Louis, Missouri, and St. Clair County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Construction began April 19th, 2010. Opened to traffic February 9th, 2014.
- Alberici Constructors of St. Louis, Missouri (Tri-venture)
- Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff Corporation of Kansas City, Kansas (Designer)
- Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Tri-venture)
- Traylor Brothers Inc. of Evansville, Indiana (Tri-venture)
Length of largest span: 1,500.0 ft.
Total length: 2,083.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 86.0 ft.
Also called
New Mississippi River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.64543, -90.17837   (decimal degrees)
38°38'44" N, 90°10'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/745566/4281208 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Land survey
T. 45 N., R. 7 E., Sec. 14
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
MONBI 33066 (Missouri bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 47474 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2011)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 75 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 18, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • August 16, 2018: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • December 29, 2016: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • September 6, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 30, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • November 10, 2014: New video from Mark Shannon
  • October 8, 2014: New photos from John Christeson
  • March 11, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Added category "Interstate 70"
  • February 8, 2014: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Status change: Bridge opened to traffic February 9th, 2014.
  • December 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builders
  • December 28, 2013: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Added new name, opening date
  • June 16, 2012: New photo from Fmiser
  • March 4, 2012: Updated by Craig Philpott: refined location
  • December 31, 2010: Added by Justin Zeid



Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Posted July 20, 2020, by Al Bertram (abertram8297 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There were originally intended to be 8 instead of 4 lanes on the bridge. IDOT even had a special video presentation on their website, showing the proposed bridge with 8 lanes and what it would look like crossing the bridge once it was completed. They even had fireworks in the background! However, Missouri never wanted the bridge, while Illinois did, so as a result of reduced funding, it wound up being reduced to 4 lanes. It is also probably why there are no connecting ramps from I-44 northbound, although you can access the bridge from northbound Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis.

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Posted March 10, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Considering that I-70 is a major thoroughfare, I would think that this new bridge would have been built to accommodate more than four lanes of traffic.

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Posted March 10, 2015, by VR (victoria [dot] potter [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge was named as such because it was a joint venture between Illinois and Missouri. Missouri wanted it named in memory of Stan Musial; Illinois wanted to honor veterans. Most likely, the only reason that Stan Musial became part of the name was that he died in 2013 around the time that the bridge was officially labeled.

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Posted February 11, 2014, by Anonymous

Remember if you eat your Wheaties you too can grow up to do big things. Then they might honor you with a bridge in your name.

The Luke Harden Memorial Floating Deck Truss perhaps?

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Posted February 8, 2014, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

It will be interesting to see exactly which name sticks with this bridge. "Stan Span" seems to be popular as a nickname, but it could end up being "Musial Bridge", "I-70 Bridge", or simply "New Bridge".

Wikipedia explains the complicated history of the name and why "Veterans" was included: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Musial_Veterans_Memorial_B...

It's certainly better than one proposal, the "Jerry F. Costello-William Lacy 'Bill' Clay Sr. Veterans Memorial Bridge."

They still found a way to sneak in William Clay, though. The Poplar Street Bridge, which was originally the "Bernard F. Dickmann Bridge", is now officially the "Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge." The first name never stuck (Dickmann who?) so I serious doubt anybody will care about the new name.

Personally, I wish they would name a bridge after the people who actually make it possible -- such as the "Taxpayers Bridge".

Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
Posted February 8, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Stan Musial? As a sports figure, I suppose he's better known than any politician, so maybe naming a structure that should last many, many decades after him isn't so bad.

But also Veterans Memorial? St. Louis had a Veterans Bridge - and the name was changed to "Martin Luther King Jr." http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis-city/king/

And "Veterans Memorial" is the official name of the Page Ave. bridge. http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis/page/

So now this bridge is named after Stan Musial AND veterans?

At least no historic bridges were removed or harmed in the building of this one - so far as I can tell.

New Mississippi River Bridge
Posted December 28, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

MoDot Press Release states the new bridge will be opened Feb 9, 2014.


New Mississippi River Bridge
Posted June 20, 2012, by Ja Fehr (jafehr [at] acm [dot] org)

They began placing the steel cross-members for the deck on each tower last week (Thursday, June 14).

Here is the construction web-cam (requires Flash Player)...


"Missouri facing East" may be the most interesting camera and one can use the calendar interface to review the construction progress.

One can easily see the towers from five-six miles west of the Mississipi River on eastbound I-44 or westbound on I-55/70 northeast of East St. Louis. It may have been a playful homage to the Gateway Arch to similarly shape the towers, but the inverted-V shape is undoubtedly less expensive.

New Mississippi River Bridge
Posted June 17, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

The towers look like they are nearly full height. They are easily visible from the Martin Luther King bridge and maybe from the Interstates on the Poplar Street bridge. I added a photo even though it's not a bridge yet.

New Mississippi River Bridge
Posted March 28, 2012, by Anonymous (lyon_wonder [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A construction worker working on the new I-70 Mississippi river bridge fell into the river and is missing. According to the news story this happened on the IL-side of the bridge construction.


A carpenter working on a span of the new Mississippi River fell from an industrial lift into the river and vanished Wednesday, setting off a search of the river and prompting federal workplace safety investigators to head to the work site.

Rescuers suspended their search in the late afternoon, said Capt. Dan Sutter of the St. Louis Fire Department. Rescuers intend to resume their search today.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said Wednesday evening the missing worker was tentatively identified as Andy Gammon, 35, of Park Hills. Gammon is a carpenter who works for the joint venture team of Massman, Traylor Bros., and Alberici that is prime contractor on the bridge project.

The worker was on a piece of equipment called an aerial man lift when it fell into the river, according to Greg Horn, the Missouri Department of Transportationís project director on the bridge project.

The man lift was on a barge about 150 feet upstream of a large concrete tower for the new bridge, but toppled into the water at about 10:30 a.m. along with the worker.

New Mississippi River Bridge
Posted March 3, 2012, by Sharon Spear (sweetsexysharon [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tours are being conducted once a month for the public.