New bridge eases traffic congestion in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge has been open for a few months now, and the first numbers are in on how the traffic flow of area bridges has changed.

NewsChannel 5 spoke to Missouri Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation to crunch the numbers.

Both agencies say about 31,000 cars cross the new bridge every day, which is about 10,000 less than expected. Here's what that means for traffic on the other bridges heading into downtown.

The McKinley Bridge, which is the closest to the Stan Musial Veterans memorial Bridge, has seen no change.

Next up, traffic on the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge for this year is down 44 percent overall.

The Eads Bridge sees about 3,000 fewer cars everyday this year compared to 2013, which is a 27 percent decrease.

And on our busiest bridge, the Poplar Street Bridge, we're seeing about 20,000 fewer cars per day, that's a 19 percent decrease.

That's not as big of a change as MoDOT had hoped for, but officials said they've seen significantly less congestion on the other bridges.

And there's one thing that is confusing a lot of drivers looking for the new bridge -- a lack of signage.

Turns out MoDOT and IDOT only have signs directing you to bridges if you have to exit the highway to get there – such as the MLK or Eads.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is part of I-70, hence no signs.


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