The steel he wanted to use from his bridge had never been used in construction before. Andrew Carnegie swore that the material Eads wanted would fail under pressure during construction, but after must debate Eads got the steel he needed to continue building the bridge. When the bridge was finished on July 4, 1874 and celebrated with a 100 gun salute. A parade that was around 14 miles long went throughout the streets of St. Louis with fireworks being set off in the evening. This was not only a celebration for the city of St. Louis but also the United States because they had created a new way of design for bridges. The bridge's overall length is 6,444 feet and cost around 10 million dollars to make, not including the land they purchased or the debt they got their selves into.
Each problem that Eads was faced with while working on the bridge, he came up with a solution. Whether it was not enough material to finish the bridge, the material not being strong enough to withstand the bridges needs, or natural disasters damaging the bridge, Eads had positive and successful new ideas. The Eads Bridge sees about 8,000 vehicles daily which has slightly decreased since the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opened in February 2014. The Eads Bridge was named a National Historic Monument in 1964 by the National Park Service. The Eads Bridge is a constant reminder to the city how far they have come over 140 years and how they will continue to succeed.