MLK, Eads bridges reopen after barge accident

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2014 

The Martin Luther King and Eads bridges are back in business for commuters Friday morning after an accident shut them both down Thursday evening.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a barge hit a support on the Martin Luther King Bridge at about 5 p.m., and the Illinois State Police closed the span until it could be inspected.

Officials believed the tow also brushed the nearby Eads Bridge. That bridge was closed by St. Louis Police until it could be determined that conditions were safe.

The incident choked the flow of commuters during the Thursday evening rush and for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. But the bridges reopened for car traffic later Thursday evening.

MetroLink light rail traffic, which crosses the Mississippi River on the Eads Bridge, is also back up and running.

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