Larger than expected numbers of Missourians & Illinoisans braved the damp, bitter cold temperatures on Saturday, Feb. 2nd to be among the first to trek across the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, connecting I-70 in Missouri to I-55/70 & I-64 in Illinois. The day’s events began with a 6K run at 8 a.m., then a cycling time trials event at 10 a.m., with the bridge opening to the public at noon.
The ribbon cutting event began at 2 p.m. with a number of Missouri & Illinois officials speaking on behalf of the project, members of the Musial family (who were in attendance), and members of IDOT & MODOT. Some of those who spoke were; St.Louis Mayor Francis Slay, MO Gov. Jay Nixon, MO Senator Claire McCaskill, MO Rep. William L. Clay, IL Gov. Pat Quinn, IL Senator Dick Durbin, IL Rep. Rodney Davis, former IL Rep. Jerry Costello, and others.