Ill. Lawmaker Wants New St. Louis Bridge Named for Veterans

Mon September 08, 2008 - Midwest Edition

ST. LOUIS (AP) An Illinois state legislator proposes renaming the Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis to honor military veterans.

The bridge spans the Mississippi River and the state line, connecting St. Louis with East St. Louis.

Construction on a replacement bridge is scheduled to begin in 2010 with the new span opening four to six years later.

State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Highland Republican, said he plans to introduce legislation in the Illinois House to name the bridge for veterans. He said he’ll ask Missouri lawmakers to file a companion bill in their legislature.

The bridge was called Veterans Bridge until 1972 when it was renamed to honor King.

Missouri lawmakers attempted a few years ago to rename the bridge to honor former President Ronald Reagan.