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Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge reopens after being hit by barge

UPDATE (11/16 at 3 p.m.):

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reopened the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Saturday. 

This comes after a barge hit the bridge on Friday night forcing it to be closed for safety concerns. 

The department’s Southeast District said an inspection was completed on Saturday and found no damage. 

ORIGINAL:

(WSIL) — A barge hit the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Friday night. 

The bridge is currently closed. It will be closed until the barge can be moved and the bridge has a safety inspection.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) said the inspection will take place first thing Saturday morning. If the bridge is safe, MoDOT will reopen the bridge at that time. 

Stay with News 3 for updates. 

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