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ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced the new Interstate 70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will open to traffic in time for the City of St. Louis' 250th birthday party.

The bridge is expected to open to traffic Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. The public will be invited to celebrate the completion the day before. Specific details surrounding the celebration have not been disclosed.

The $229.5 million bridge is part of the $700 million New Mississippi River Bridge project.