St. Louis (KSDK) -- The $36-million Eads Bridge rehabilitation project is underway.
Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan joined Missouri and Illinois officials to kick off the Eads Bridge Rehabilitation Project Tuesday morning. Official construction begins next month.
The 138 year bridge needs painting, support steel needs replacement, and the Metrolink track system needs repair.
Metro says they'll perform work on one track while still running both eastbound and westbound trains on the other track.
The work is expected to create 300 workers during the major reconstruction of the bridge. St. Louis Bridge Construction Company will be at the helm of the project.
The $36 million project is funded in part by more than $34 million in federal dollars, including $25 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $9 million in additional federal transit funds directed to the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District.
The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2015.