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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving impaired when he caused a 2012 wreck that killed a highway construction worker.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 36-year-old Michael Jeter of West Frankfort pleaded guilty Monday in St. Clair County to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
 
Authorities have said Jeter was on the sleep aid Ambien and an antihistamine at the time of the May 2012 wreck on Interstate 64.
 
Authorities say the crash killed 38-year-old contract worker Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and injured three others who were waiting in the median to paint stripes on the freeway.
 
Jeter's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4.
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Monday, 24 March 2014 12:53

Loop Trolley project gets federal grant

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A project to link the Loop retail district in St. Louis with nearby Forest Park has won a $25 million federal grant.
 
The 2.2 mile route would begin in University City and run along Delmar Boulevard to the Missouri History Museum. The federal grant would cover more than half the cost of the $43 million project.
 
Local businessman Joe Edwards first proposed the trolley project nearly 20 years ago. Streetcars served the area until the mid-1960s.
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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 
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A St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame could be on its way to downtown.

Greg Marecek, who heads the hall of fame, is looking to move the display from Scottrade Center to a freestanding three-level museum at Union Station. The Post-Dispatch reports the building would cost $25 million and Marecek hopes to raise a third of that money this year.

Union Station is a more appealing site because owner, Lodging Hospitality Management, plans to spend $25 million to upgrade the facility.

If funding is secured, construction on the Hall of Fame would take about a year.

 

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MoDOT is closing all lanes of I-64/Highway 40 in both directions between Hampton and the Forest Park Avenue/Grand Ave Exit (Exit 38A) starting at 8 p.m. tonight, (Friday) March 29. The lanes will reopen by 3 a.m. on Monday. 

There will be blasting tomorrow morning at 7am and 8am. Crews will be relocating several utilities underneath the roadway.

It's all part of a project to replace four bridges over the highway and to construct a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle.

MODOT's Drew Gates says. the detour for traffic heading west, you're going to take Forest Park Avenue till you get to Kingshighway, take Kingshighway, left on Kingshighway, and then get back on westbound 64. if you're going east from St. Louis County to downtown, your detour will be to take Hampton down to 44 and then just follow 44 all the way back up to the Poplar Street Bridge. "

 
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CHICAGO (AP) - State officials have announced nearly $500 million in construction projects slated to begin soon.

The Illinois Department of Transportation released a list Monday of nearly 200 road and bridge projects. They include an interchange project on Chicago's Far South Side off Interstate 94. The state is investing $43 million in the project, which will repair, reconstruct and replace seven bridges. It will be completed in 2014.

Gov. Pat Quinn, Congressman Bobby Rush and state Sen. Donne Trotter were among the public officials who announced the projects Monday on the city's South Side.

The money comes from a capital construction program, Illinois Jobs Now!, and a supplemental appropriation lawmakers approved earlier this year.

The other projects include pedestrian structures, lots road resurfacing, bridge repair and road widening.
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