- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has joined his Missouri counterpart and others at a ribbon-cutting for a new bridge over the Mississippi at St. Louis.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is opening to traffic Sunday.

The two states spent years fighting over how to pay for the $700 million span, then argued over what to name the bridge.

But on Saturday officials from both states came together to celebrate its completion.

Quinn said the first new link to be built between downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois in more than four decades will be a “catalyst for business development and job creation.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called it “a road to opportunity.”

It’s designed to relieve I-70 traffic on the chronically crammed 50-year-old Poplar Street Bridge.