People who are interested in seeing construction on the new Mississippi River Bridge between St. Clair County, Illinois, and St. Louis have several options:
- The virtual tour
- The Great Rivers Greenway pumphouse which can be used as a viewing platform (map here)
- From April through June, Metro is offering a bridge riverboat cruise through Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.. Details are here.
There are two public tours scheduled on the last Friday of each month, one at 12:30 p.m. and one at 2 p.m. Tours may be canceled due to ongoing construction or to river levels. Each tour is scheduled to last no more than an hour and a half. All tours for 2013 are overbooked -- this is little possibility of a cancelation making space available. Since the bridge will be open to traffic next year, there are no remaining public tours planned.
Since this is a construction zone, we have to limit the age of attendees to 12 and higher. Since we will require attendees to sign a release, attendees between the age of 12 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A copy of the release is here. If you have a reservation, you are encouraged to bring a signed copy of the release with you to speed up the tour process.
Having a reservation is no guarantee of having a tour, if we need to cancel due to construction or river levels. The determination to cancel a tour will be made as early as possible. If you leave a phone number or e-mail address with us, we will let you know if the tour you have a reservation for has been cancelled.
Please be prepared to walk about a mile as part of this tour. Because you will be in a construction zone, we require all tour attendees to wear long pants and comfortable, closed toe shoes (we recommend no high heels). We will provide hard hats and, if necessary, safety glasses.
Remember, this is a construction zone. Although we will make every effort to ensure your protection, there may be dust, gravel, loud noises, uneven terrain, moving vehicles or equipment, and sparks near you as you tour the site and visit us.
Reservations for the tours are required.. All reservations have been filled. Larger groups should consider viewing the bridge at the pumphouse (with advance notice, we can make arrangements to have an engineer meet your group there) or on the riverboat cruise tours. If you have an approved reservation, you will get a confirmation e-mail with some clothing requirements and a copy of the visitor release.