What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to the naming of a new bridge spanning the Mississippi River. Illinois and Missouri are in disagreement over naming an almost completed bridge that will carry I-70. Earlier this month, the Illinois House passed a joint resolution to name the span the Veterans Memorial Bridge. But lawmakers in Missouri insist it should bear the name of late St. Louis Cardinals star Stan “The Man” Musial – the Stan Span, for short.
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“I haven’t talked to Gov. (Jay) Nixon about it yet. I look forward to doing that,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “I personally feel that the bridge should be honoring our veterans and so I think we need to sit down and talk about that.” Pressed on the issue, Quinn says he “was a big fan” of Musial and heard his 3,000th hit because Quinn was sick and didn’t attend school that day. Quinn suggested combining the names – Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge – saying it was something “we could live with.”
Some suggest that it may take just as long to agree on a name as it took to agree on financing and build the bridge. For now, as work continues to complete the bridge, it remains nameless.