A favorite past time of all levels of government is changing the name of streets, schools and bridges. Somehow, unbeknownst to most people in the St. Louis Metro, the Missouri General Assembly voted to change the name of the Poplar Street Bridge to the William L. Clay and the dedication will take place this morning. Poplar was the name given the bridge during its construction.
I wonder if those who do traffic reports during rush hour will begin calling it "The Clay", as in, "drivers approaching the Clay are backed up to 203." Could be confusing. Here's a bit of trivia: The Poplar (aside from the unofficial Poplar) was originally named the Bernard F. Dickmann bridge but the Dickmann never caught on for some reason.