A number of Rolla graduates were involved in building the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River connecting downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois via Interstate Highway 70. The bridge opened to traffic on Feb. 9.
On July 26, ironworkers reached a milestone by positioning the 80-foot-long, 30,000-pound final floor beam.
According to Randy Hitt, CE’87, bridge project director with the Missouri Department of Transportation, a poster of Joe Miner was placed on the last piece of structural steel to celebrate the “Rolla heritage of the engineers working on the project.”
“The cable-stayed bridge with a 1,500-foot main span is the third-longest in the United States,” says Hitt.