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James Baughn

Emerson Bridge: One decade later

Posted Friday, December 13, 2013, at 9:00 AM


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  • It's a beautiful bridge and I feel much more comfortable and safer driving across it. But until Illinois realizes it extends south beyond Springfield I don't know why anybody thought traffic would increase....where did they think it would come from? Surely not east to west! Nothing is going on across the river from Cape Girardeau Missouri.

    -- Posted by Catbert on Fri, Dec 13, 2013, at 9:55 PM
  • Based on the large number of Illinois license plates I see on vehicles driving in the city all the time, I believe the reason the traffic count across the bridge is much lower than expected is because once they get here, the vast majority never leave.

    -- Posted by Brad_Hollerbach on Sat, Dec 14, 2013, at 4:58 PM
  • It was never really broadcast, but MODOT was about to condemn the old bridge not long before the Emerson bridge was finished. The weight of concrete trucks crossing to finish the large piers of the new bridge was the final straw. It was truly done for.

    -- Posted by JungleJim on Sun, Dec 15, 2013, at 12:03 AM
  • As someone who travels to & from my present "home" in Glasgow KY, & my "home town" of Salem Mo, I travel across this bridge often. I agree with "JungleJim" about where I-66 should cross the Mississippi.

    -- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Wed, Jun 11, 2014, at 11:12 AM