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December 31, 2009

Vandeventer Bridge to Reopen in Time for New Year’s Eve

Dianne Williams
Director of Communications
314-982-1440

December 31, 2009 2009-053

Vandeventer Bridge to Reopen in Time for New Year’s Eve

WHAT: Metro officials will be available at the bridge to provide details on the process that led to the early completion of the bridge project, and what Metro customers and motorists on Vandeventer Avenue can expect in the next few weeks.

WHEN: Thursday, December 31 at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Vandeventer Bridge at 500 S. Vandeventer Avenue, just north of Clayton Avenue. Media will be able to access the site from the south side of the bridge.

WHO: Metro officials will be available at the construction area. 

Great cooperation and hard work are credited with bringing MetroLink transit back to full service almost four days ahead of schedule and in time for the evening rush hour on New Year’s Eve. “We’re really pleased to be able to offer direct MetroLink service to Blues Fans, visitors at the Convention Center and families going to First Night activities on Grand Avenue,” said Ray Friem, Metro’s Chief Operating Officer of Transit Services. “We’re also proud of how smoothly the bus bridge service managed to carry commuters around the construction site this week. Delays for customers were minimal, but facing one of the coldest nights of the year, direct service will be a real benefit for our customers.”

The $5 million project to replace the 80-year old bridge and improve Vandeventer Avenue under the bridge began in mid-November and is expected to be completed by early spring.

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