Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Refurbish, Reopen Route 115 Bridge, Mayor Brown Says Official Plans to Deliver That Message to Governor on Visit Here Wednesday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Refurbish, Reopen Route 115 Bridge, Mayor Brown Says Official Plans to Deliver That Message to Governor on Visit Here Wednesday

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The mayor of St. Peters says the state highway department would avoid a lot of problems for a few thousand people if it would consider refurbishing and re-opening the old Route 115 Bridge linking Bridgeton and St. Charles.

Mayor Tom Brown says he will deliver that message to Gov. Mel Carnahan when he visits St. Charles Wednesday.

"I thought it would be a good thing to throw at the governor and the state highway people while they were here," said Brown.

Carnahan will be in St. Charles to address a noon luncheon of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

He said St. Charles County residents would have the use of three bridges into St. Louis County if the state highway department would spend about $1.9 million to replace the deck of the old bridge.

"At least that's what state people have told me it would cost," he said.

Curt Stephenson, who was the maintenance engineer inspecting the bridge for several years until it closed, said, "That $1.9 million figure is the cost of removing it. That thing is shot."

Stephenson says the approaches to the bridge are crumbling and part of the overhead structure was damaged as the result of a fire many years ago.

"We were just trying to hold that thing together until we got the new bridge opened," he said.

The State Highway Department closed the 89-year-old bridge last December after the new bridge opened north of the Norfolk Southern Railway bridge on the north side of the city of St. Charles.

The new bridge, now called the Route 370 bridge, is part of a new roadway system that will carry four lanes of traffic from just north of Earth City across northern St. Charles County to link up with Interstate 70 at St. Peters.

Highway engineers have estimated the new road system will eventually attract 19,000 motorists from Interstate 70 in the morning and evening peak-traffic times. …

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