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Riders on the MetroLink could experience short delays this week.
Work is scheduled to start today and is expected to run through Sunday. MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Rock Road and Wellston stations today, Friday, and over the weekend. Red Line passengers could be delayed up to 10 minutes. Tuesday through Thursday, a single track will operate at the UMSL South, UMSL North, and North Hanley stations.
Blue Line passengers could then experience short delays.
Illinois officials gathered on the approach ramp of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge this afternoon to get a progress report on the newest Mississippi River crossing.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the bridge project has created thousands of jobs and boosted economic activity in the region. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says there has also been an effort to maintain a high level of diversity on the project.
"For the duration of this project we've been at between 23 and 24 percent for minority participation on this bridge and last week we're at 25 percent minority participation on this bridge", says Schneider, "That is huge."
The bridge was slated to be finished next July, but building is ahead of schedule and could be completed as early as March.
And in another case of deja vu, two workers were injured after problems with their scaffolding.
The workers were part of the construction team building a new CVS pharmacy in Bridgeton. The workers fell 15 feet when their scaffolding became unstable. Both have non-life threatening injuries. Yesterday, four window washers had to be rescued after their scaffolding collapsed. None of the four were seriously hurt.]]>
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri House leader has begun an investigation into a state program that subsidizes brownfield redevelopment in the wake of a newspaper report citing problems involving hazardous waste cleanup and demolition of a shopping mall.
Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City, chairman of a government accountability committee, wants answer from two state agencies about how tax credits valued at nearly $8 million were awarded for the project at Northwest Plaza in St. Louis County.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the state allowed a single company, Environmental Operations Inc. of St. Louis, to design an asbestos cleanup plan, manage the bid process, and hire itself for the work.
The company's owner denies wrongdoing. The mall developers and state officials declined comment.