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Republicans Support Naming the Mississippi River Bridge after Ronald Reagan

January 25, 2005
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

If you live in St. Louis, you're daily commute could take on a new twist. Bente Birkeland reports from Jefferson City.

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Republicans floated their plan to name the Mississippi river bridge after Ronald Reagan at a senate hearing.

For now, the proposal is tabled pending more money needed for the bridge's construction.

State Senator John Dolan from St. Charles is the transportation Chair.

He says at this point, no names are off the table.

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" We must include the community of St. louis in that decision and if they would find that another name is appropriate we should honor that and have a more fully developed process."

Dolan says he's optimistic they'll break ground on the bridge sooner rather than later.

From the state Capitol I'm Bente Birkeland

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A top Republican leader says it's too early to tell whether the state will name the Mississippi river bridge after Ronald Reagan.

Bente (BEN teh) Birkeland reports from Jefferson City.

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Republicans floated around the idea at a senate hearing.

Senate Transportation Chair, John Dolan from St. Charles says deciding on the name is preliminary since they haven't started construction on the bridge yet.

Dolan says he hopes people take the process in stride.

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"People just need to realize sometimes we're reflecting culture, sometimes we're being pragmatic and we're not trying to be wasteful or phoney."

Dolan says he expects the new name would cause some controversy if it passes.

From the state Capitol I'm Bente Birkeland

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