A good editorial in the Belleville New Democrat the other day, if you're able to read it online. The paper has, like many other papers, gone to a subscribe to read practice and slides a darkened page over its stories. But if you can read it, it makes sense.
"If you thought getting to St. Louis last weekend was bad, just wait until starting tonight.
It was a nightmare last weekend with some Poplar Street Bridge lanes shut for resurfacing at the same time the ramp from the bridge to Interstates 44-55 is being rebuilt. Starting tonight at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday, the eastbound lanes of the Martin Luther King Bridge also are scheduled to be closed for construction. Overnight closures are expected to continue during the next week.
Seriously, couldn’t the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation coordinate this better and stagger the work? We know they talk with each other. They held a public hearing in December 2013 to discuss the Poplar Street Bridge closures. Maybe this is a sneaky way to get more motorists to use the new Stan Span."
Make no decision to allow drivers to cross from one state to another smooth or easy.