In the early 1990s, environmentalists, urban planners, politicians and this newspaper railed against plans to stretch Page Avenue across the Missouri River. To critics, the massive public-works project -- something that was first identified as a regional transportation need in 1973 -- was a sop to real estate developers and the concrete cartel that controls the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The critics said the region would pay a stiff price for a new bridge: more urban sprawl and less pristine floodplain land. Maybe. One thing was clear: The critics didn't spend each rush hour crossing the Blanchette Memorial or the Daniel Boone bridges. When the first phase of the $500 million project is completed by the end of the year, there'll be, as our president says, time for some "revisionist history." Or not.