ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Traffic is set to get a little bit lighter this weekend with the opening of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The opening is a two-day event with a ride, run and walk planned for Saturday and the official opening of the bridge to traffic Sunday.
The $229.5 million bridge is part of the $700 million New Mississippi River Bridge project and has taken four years to complete.
The bridge is expected to have 40,000 commuters daily and ease other traffic congestion by 20 percent for Poplar Street Bridge and 50 percent for the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge and the Eads Bridge.
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This weekend, runners and walkers will have the opportunity of a lifetime to trek across the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Run.
We're giving you a rundown on what to expect for this weekend.
The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Run will be a 6K race Saturday at 8 a.m., followed by cycling at 10 a.m.
At noon, the bridge will open to the public to be able to walk across and enjoy the view. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., followed by a ceremonial first crossing at 3 p.m. The bridge will close to the public at 4 p.m.
The bridge will open to car traffic Sunday around noon.
About the Race
The 6K race will start downtown at Tucker Boulevard and Washington Avenue and continue to Cass Avenue and onto the Tucker exit ramp. The course will then go toward westbound lanes of the bridge to Illinois. Before the Route 3 exit in Illinois, runners will be directed back the way they came. All miles will be marked along the route.
Those interested in participating can still register for the event. Late registration is open Friday for $35. Race day registration will also be available for $40, which includes course hydration station, a t-shirt, a post-race party, photos and live runner tracking and results.
To register, check out the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Run race website.
On-street parking will be available downtown Saturday, but please note that meters run on Saturday.
Parking is also available at area garages, and their parking fees will apply.
Several street closures will also take place Saturday.
Beginning at 6 a.m., Washington Avenue from the west side of 11th Street to 13th Street will be closed. In addition, Tucker Boulevard from the north side of Olive Street to the south of Convention Plaza will be closed.
At 7:30 a.m., Tucker Boulevard from the south of Convention Plaza to Cass Avenue will close. There will be no parking enforced on the west and east side of Tucker between Olive and Cass.
All streets are expected to reopen at 10 a.m.