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State, local and federal officials gather on the pavement for a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, June 25, 2015, to celebrate the impending opening of the new Interstate 64 eastbound span of the Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River. The bridge will open to traffic by early Monday. At the far left is the narrower 1930s structure, which will be demolished in 2016. Photo by Christian Gooden, email@example.com
Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation, (left with scissors), and Weldon Spring Mayor Don Licklider, (right with scissors), and other governmental officials at a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, June 25, 2015, for the impending opening of the new eastbound span of the Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River. The bridge will open sometime between Saturday morning and early Monday. Photo by Christian Gooden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Striping appears on the pavement on the new eastbound span of the Daniel Boone Bridge of Interstate 64 over the Missouri River on Thursday, June 25, 2015, as state, local and federal officials gathered to celebrate the impending opening of the span scheduled by early Monday after more striping and fencing is completed. The view from this photo looks west to St. Charles County. Photo by Christian Gooden, email@example.com
(HANDOUT PHOTO) Daniel Boone Bridge construction
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 www.modot.org/boonebridge.