Editor's Report

By Tom Hale | September 28, 2010

Numerous companies displayed the newest and latest products and services for the commercial/industrial construction industry at the 17th annual Cincinnati Construx Expo and Facilities Maintenance Expo, held recently at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio. Presented by Expo Source Inc., the show included exhibits by Associated Builders & Contractors' Ohio Valley Chapter, AES, LLC Specialty Contractors, American Scaffolding, Blood Hound Inc., Buckeye Power Sales, Circle Environmental, Hilti, National Association of Women in Construction's Cincinnati Chapter, Neyra Paving, Precision Laser & Instrument Inc., and White Cap Construction Supply.

New Mississippi River Bridge

Illinois and Missouri governors have announced an agreement to construct a new four-lane bridge across the Mississippi River from East St. Louis to St. Louis that will improve traffic safety and reduce congestion across the region. Construction of the new cable-stayed bridge, which will not require a toll, could begin as soon as 2010. The new span and connecting roadways will cost $640 million and will be paid for through a combination of federal and state funding.

As planned, the New Mississippi River Bridge will connect Interstate 70 at the I-55/64/70 interchange in East St. Louis to I-70 near Cass Avenue on the Missouri side. The connection from I-55/70/64 will include a roadway connection in Illinois along the I-64 connector alignment to the new bridge. A partial interchange in Missouri will be constructed with existing I-70 near Cass Avenue.

The project will be jointly managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation. It is expected to take four to six years to complete.