Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Now Connecting SeMo and Southern Illinois

December 14, 2003 - Posted at 10:35 a.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The trip between Missouri and Illinois on the old Mississippi River bridge in Cape Girardeau was frightening for some.

After spending $100 million on the new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, officials hope the trip will be much calmer, and more frequent.

The bridge opened yesterday after seven years of construction, with thousands of people taking what may be their only opportunity to walk across the steel and concrete stucture.

The opening came despite chilly weather and a few flurries.