By. Chris Stritzel
After a long 2 years of being under construction, the Kingshighway bridge is set to reopen to automobile traffic this Saturday. According to an email sent out by 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway, the long awaited reopening is scheduled for 10 A.M. on Saturday where Lyda Krewson, Stephen Conway (8th Ward) and Joseph Vollmer (10th Ward) will host a ribbon cutting at the Southern End of the bridge near Vandeventer.
However, the bridge is not fully finished yet. There is still one lane in either direction that needs to be completed and Street lights will need to be put up. Besides this, the bridge will be reopen. This is a sigh of relief for businesses on the Hill who have suffered through the construction of the bridge and the traffic the detour brought to their neighborhood. On the other side of Kingshighway, on Vandeventer, businesses over there are worried that they will be ignored again.
This is a concern for them. Meanwhile on Shaw, O'connells Bar will be the lone building separated by 2 Shaw Boulevards (One that goes straight and has turn lanes, and the other that is strictly one way). A new Shaw on one side and the old one on the other. Overall, the entire region will be less congested once construction finishes up on the project. This completes one of the biggest headaches in South St. Louis History and the largest bridge reconstruction since the Grand Boulevard Bridge several years ago. The construction on this bridge started on July 6, 2015.
If you wish to see what the project looks like when finished, click through the slideshow below. I will update the story with my images of the project in the near future before the bridge reopens.