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New eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge span opens with all four lanes

New eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge span opens with all four lanes

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All four lanes are now open on the new eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge carrying Highway 40 (Interstate 64) over the Missouri River, Missouri Department of Transportation officials announced.

The new span was dedicated at a ceremony Thursday morning. Lane striping, new signs and other final prep work had to be completed before it opened Saturday night.

Work will now begin on rehabbing the existing circa-1989 eastbound structure for reopening by the end of the year. That structure, with four lanes, will then begin handling westbound traffic, which now is limited to three narrower lanes on the deteriorating span built in 1937. The old span will be demolished next year.

Work on the new span began in January 2013. Completion had been targeted for last November but was delayed by problems encountered in foundation work in the river last spring, MoDOT said.

For more information on the Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge project, go to

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