Illinois postpones fix-up closure of river bridge at St. Louis until next summer

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois — Commuters between St. Louis and southwestern Illinois are getting a break.

The Belleville News-Democrat ( reports that the Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed until next summer its planned closure of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge linking St. Louis to Illinois' East St. Louis.

Fix-ups to the Mississippi River span were to begin next month, forcing its closure for two to three months.

But the transportation department says a bid for the work came in "considerably higher" than anticipated, and the project will be revised and rebid later this year.

Illinois officials estimate that some 12,700 vehicles cross the bridge each day.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,

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