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Webcams focused on progress of Mississippi bridge construction

Thursday, April 15, 2010

People can use their computers to watch a bridge being built over the Mississippi River.
People can use their computers to watch a bridge being built over the Mississippi River.

People who are interested in watching construction equipment make progress on a bridge over the Mississippi River can now turn to the internet.

The Illinois and Missouri transportation departments have set up a website dedicated to the construction of the Mississippi River Bridge, which features two cameras pointed at the project. The cameras will be updated every 10 minutes, giving curious spectators a chance to see how the project advances.

"Work in the river has started, although it is delayed due to the height of the river water," said Andrew Gates, Mississippi River Bridge community relations coordinator. "We are expecting our contractor to begin work soon on the Missouri approach, as well."

Both departments expect to add more cameras as the projects moves forward. According to the bridge's project website, the construction represents the first new bridge between downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois in more than 40 years.

The total cost of the project is $640 million and will result in a four-lane structure across the Mississippi River. The purpose of the project is to ease traffic congestion in the area.

People who want to monitor the bridge's progress can go to www.newriverbridge.org for more details.
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