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Poll: In The Future, What Will You Call The I-64/I-55 Span Across The Mississippi River?

October 13, 2013 Featured, Sunday Poll, Transportation 2 Comments

Last week one of our busiest bridges was renamed/rededicated:

The span, colloquially (but inaccurately) known as the Poplar Street Bridge, was originally named for Dickmann, a former St. Louis mayor. It was renamed Monday for Clay, the former Democratic congressman from St. Louis.

In a rededication ceremony downtown, with Gov. Jay Nixon, Mayor Francis Slay and other dignitaries looking on, Clay and his son, current U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, pulled away a black veil to reveal the white-on-green sign announcing: “Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge.” (stltoday)

This will make the traffic reports on TV & radio significantly longer, if the new name is used.

This highway bridge over the Mississippi River was completed in 1967
This highway bridge over the Mississippi River was completed in 1967

When I moved to St. Louis 23+ years ago it took me a while to figure out what the “PSB” was. Ah, Poplar Street Bridge…but it was actually the Bernard F. Dickmann Bridge. Confusing.

The poll question for this week asks what name you’ll call the span in the future. Here are the choices in the poll:

  • Bernard F. Dickmann Bridge
  • Poplar Street Bridge
  • PSB
  • Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge
  • Other

These will be presented in a random order in the poll (right sidebar).

— Steve Patterson

  • JZ71

    It’ll mostly depend on what the traffic reporters call it every day. We’ve slowly moved away from “Highway Farty” to “Forty Sixty-Four”, I expect that the Poplar Street Bridge will remain “the Poplar” and the new bridge will be “the new bridge” for at least ten years. Stroking politicians’ egos is really only important to politicians. Unfortunately, they’re the ones who have the power to name (and rename) stuff like this.

  • loki03xlh

    I’ll call the William L. Clay Sr. Bridge “the Dickmann” just because I like to say “Dickmann”. I still call the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge by its original name: Veterans’ Bridge.

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