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Webster Groves commuters, the day has come: Murdoch Bridge is re-opening Oct. 16 for travel.
After six months of constructing repairs on the bridge, the City of Webster Groves is planning to celebrate the bridge opening with a "Bridge Bash," inviting Old Orchards businesses affected by the bridge closing to participate in ribbon cutting festivities along with the general public.
Murdoch Bridge was declared structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, as Patch previously reported. The westbound ramp from Murdoch to Interstate 44 was also closed, altogether affecting the connectivity from I-44 to Big Bend Boulevard.
A release from Webster Groves said the new bridge cost $2.1 million, 80 percent federally funded.
The "Bridge Bash" ribbon cutting is at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Murdoch Avenue and Big Bend. A "Bridge Mix" cake from Cravings and a parade of public works vehicles and cars from Joe's Subaru will be on hand to aid in the celebrations.
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