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posted: 10/23/2012 11:30 AM

State to spend $25 million on East St. Louis bridge

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Associated Press

EAST ST. LOUIS -- The state of Illinois will be spending about $25 million to make it easier, safer and quicker to travel between Illinois and Missouri on the Poplar Street Bridge at East St. Louis.

In a news release on Monday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced an investment officials say will not only reduce traffic congestion but improve access to businesses in the East St. Louis area.

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According to the release, once the new I-70 Mississippi River Bridge opens in early 2014, workers will begin reconstructing the Poplar Street West interchange. A number of steps will be taken to improve access to and from the bridge.

The project is a collaboration between the transportation departments in Illinois and Missouri and the East-West Gateway Council of Government.

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