EAST ST. LOUIS – The public is invited Friday, Oct. 7, to a celebration of the completion of the first full-scale rehabilitation of the 142-year-old Eads Bridge.
The event will offer a special program on the top deck of the iconic bridge beginning at 10 a.m. Representatives of Bi-State Development and Metro transit, the Federal Transit Administration and elected and civic leaders from Illinois and Missouri are among those all expected to take part.
From approximately 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the public can enjoy lunch on the Eads Bridge by purchasing food and drinks from local food trucks, explore the top deck on foot, and take a tour on MetroLink to get an up-close look at the work that has been done to rehabilitate and preserve the vital connection between Missouri and Illinois.
Guests can reach the event site by walking out onto the bridge or via shuttles which will be operating from the west end of the Eads Bridge in Missouri and from the East Riverfront MetroLink Station in Illinois. The bridge is closed to vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The comprehensive rehabilitation project was necessary to extend the life of the bridge so that it can continue to carry both vehicles and MetroLink trains across the river, between downtown St. Louis and East St. Louis. Bi-State Development co-owns the bridge with the city of St. Louis.
— From the Illinois Business Journal