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Eads Bridge Was Engineering Marvel of its Day

The Eads Bridge is once again open for business.
(KWMU Staff Photo)
The Eads Bridge is once again open for business.

By Matt Sepic, KMWU

St. Louis, MO –

The Eads Bridge in downtown St. Louis officially reopened its top deck Friday morning, 129 years to the day after the structure was first dedicated.

The span was closed 11 years ago for repairs.

KWMU's Matt Sepic walked out on the bridge with Bob Archibald, the president of the Missouri Historical Society, to talk about the Eads' unique place in St. Louis history.

Archibald says the need for the span came from major changes in the way American people and products got from one place to another.

(note: Just pedestrians and bicyclists will have the run of the bridge during the July 4th weekend; cars will be allowed to cross on Monday, July 7)