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Design Work Gets Underway on New MetroLink Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 21, 2016 - A design team has been selected for a new MetroLink station, which will be built near the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis.

The design group is being managed by the HNTB Corporation and includes KAI, Access Engineering, Glasper Professional Services, TSi Geotechnical and Kivindyo Engineering Services. The design phase for the new station, which will be located on the MetroLink system between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street, is expected to take 10 to 12 months.

The overall project will include the construction of the new MetroLink station, an addition to the Great Rivers Greenway bike path, and an extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink Station.

Construction of the new station is anticipated to begin next summer and be completed in 2018. When finished, the new station will support transit alternatives for an estimated 13,000 permanent jobs projected to be created in the central St. Louis corridor.

The MetroLink station project is being funded largely by a $10.3 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project was one of 72 transportation projects selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2014 TIGER Program from a pool of almost 800 eligible applications from across the nation.

The remainder of the project cost is being supported by a public-private partnership that includes BJC Healthcare, the Cortex Innovation Community, Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis Development Corporation and Washington University.


Construction Begins on Grand Bridge Over I-44
Built in 1969, the bridge is one of a few remaining bridges along I-44 that are below the standard height for bridges over an interstate.

MoDOT Crews Demolish Southbound Grand Overpass
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 17, 2016 - MoDOT crews closed a section of I-44 over the weekend to demolish the southbound Grand bridge over I-44, as seen above on Saturday morning, and reopened to traffic in both directions late Sunday morning.

How will the bridge be replaced?

Construction starts in June. Drivers can expect:
June - August: All traffic is moved to the northbound bridge. Drivers will have two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes - they will be narrow (9.5 feet) Drivers will be able to turn left from the eastbound ramp to northbound Grand and turn left from the westbound ramp to southbound Grand. They will also be able to cross over Grand on Lafayette. They will not be able to make left turns onto the interstate, but will be able to make right turns. Bikes will have to use one of the through traffic lanes during construction.

Phase 1a - June-August*

August - September: Work begins on the ramps connecting to the southbound bridge. The ramp from eastbound I-44 (Detonty) and the ramp to westbound I-44 (Lafayette) will be closed for two weeks. Two lanes will remain on both northbound and southbound Grand. Drivers will not be able to turn left from northbound Grand to westbound Lafayette, and will not be able to turn left from northbound Grand to I-44. There will be one left turn from westbound Lafayette to Grand.

Phase 1b - late August*

August - September: Work begins on the ramps connecting to the northbound bridge. The ramp to eastbound I-44 and Lafayette is closed at the ramp from westbound I-44. The westbound off-ramp stays open. Two lanes will remain on both northbound and southbound Grand. Cars will be able to turn left from the eastbound I-44 ramp (Detonty) to northbound Grand, but trucks will not be allowed to turn left for safety. Trucks will need to use the I-44 ramp at Jefferson. Lafayette approaching Grand will be closed at Louisiana. Local traffic will be able to come up to Salas Center. Drivers will not be able to turn left from southbound Grand to eastbound Lafayette, and will not be able to turn left onto eastbound I-44.

Phase 2a - late August-early September*

September - Dec. 1: All traffic is moved to the new southbound bridge. Drivers will have two southbound and two northbound lanes (narrow - 9.5 feet) on Grand. Cars will be able to turn left from the eastbound I-44 ramp (Detonty) to northbound Grand, but trucks will not be allowed to turn left for safety. Trucks will need to use the I-44 ramp at Jefferson. Traffic on westbound Lafayette will be able to make a left onto southbound Grand and will be able to cross Grand to continue on Lafayette. There will be no left from southbound Grand to eastbound I-44 or eastbound Layfayette. There will be no left from northbound Grand to westbound I-44.
Phase 2b - September - December 1*

* All dates are weather dependent and subject to change.


One Lane on Route 94 near Augusta to Close June 6 for Three Months
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 27, 2016 - The Missouri Department of Transportation will close one lane on a section of Route 94 in St. Charles County for three months starting on Monday, June 6, at 7 a.m.

The westbound lane of Route 94 between Klondike Park and Sanders Road will be closed so crews can repair two slides and replace pavement in the area.

Route 94 will be a one lane road for about a mile and traffic will be directed through the work zone using temporary signals. Drivers can also detour around the lane closure by taking Route 94 to Schluersburg Road to Route F.

All lanes of Route 94 will reopen by late August.


Road Construction Season Launches in the St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 20, 2016 - The Missouri Department of Transportation is getting into the height of construction season. Due to the roadways and the potential impacts to traffic, drivers should be aware of the most impactful projects in the region for 2016.

St. Louis City

  • I-44/I-55/I-64 bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing - several interstate projects are on-tap for I-55 and I-44 to rehabilitate area bridges and ramps. Drivers can expect:
    - One lane closed around the clock on eastbound and westbound I-44 between Shrewsbury and Kingshighway. Ramps from Southwest and Shrewsbury to eastbound 44 will also be closed now through the end of the year.
    - Several night and weekend ramp closures at the I-44 and I-55 interchange. Eastbound I-44 down to one lane over I-55 from April to mid-May.
    - Various ramps to and from I-44/I-55, from Truman Parkway and Lafayette, closed for a few weeks each between April and July.
    One lane closed around the clock on southbound I-44/I-55, between Poplar Street Bridge and I-44/I-55 interchange from July to December.
  • Grand over Interstate 44 - Bridge replacement will have the following impacts: Grand will remain open with at least one lane open in each direction as crews replace the bridge in stages.
    Left turn lanes to and from the bridge will be restricted. Project runs June through November.
St. Louis County
  • I-55 resurfacing and bridge renovation. Crews will be removing and replacing the driving surface between Lindbergh and 4500 Broadway. This work starts in April and will continue through late fall 2016. Drivers can expect:
    - One lane closed in each direction over the bridge at Reavis Barracks between April and August.
    - Nighttime lane closures until late fall to remove and replace the driving surface.
    - The narrowing of eastbound lanes to allow crews to work behind barrier walls.
    - Lane closures during non-peak traffic hours, especially at night.
  • I-64 widening between I-270 and Route 340 - The project to widen eastbound and westbound I-64 between I-270 and Route 340 continues through this year. Crews will be placing a new driving surface on both the eastbound and westbound lanes later this year. Drivers can also expect:
  • I-70/I-170 bridge rehabilitation - This project includes rehabilitation on all of the bridges at the I-70/I-170 interchange. This work begins this summer and will be complete by summer 2017. Motorists can expect:
    - One lane closed eastbound and westbound on I-70 for up to four weeks.
    - Various ramp closures on the I-70 and I-170 interchange for several weeks.
    - Various lane closures around the clock on the interchange including work on the I-170 bridge over Route 115.
  • I-70/I-270 bridge rehabilitation - Bridge improvements continue at the I-70 and I-270 interchange through this year. This work is scheduled to be complete this summer, but in the meantime there will be:
    Various lane closures and weekend ramp closures on the interchange.
  • I-270 at Bellefontaine bridge rehabilitation - This project includes rehabilitation on the I-270 bridge deck over Bellefontaine Road. This work began March 2016 and will be complete by summer 2016. Motorists can expect:
    One lane closed around the clock on eastbound and westbound I-270 from Bellefontaine to Lilac.
    Various additional nighttime lane closures.
Gateway Guide Offers Live Views of St. Louis Traffic
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Does your daily commute catch you by surprise? Is it smooth sailing or are there crashes and other incidents on your path home that will cause you delays? Check out MoDOT's new and improved Gatewayguide.com website for live traffic information and alerts before you leave for work or home.

MoDOT's new GatewayGuide.com website shows nearly 300 live camera views updating every couple of seconds, displays real-time information on incidents and work zones with lane closures and is mobile friendly for your smart phone or other cellular device.

"You can sign up for personalized My STL Traffic alerts specific to the highway you use at the times you need it each day," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair. "These alerts can be sent to you by text or email to the device you choose and will inform you of crashes or other lane closures. Our goal is to keep traffic moving. The better informed you are of current road conditions, the better choices you can make for a quick, safe trip."

The new website provides a tour of camera views from one end of an interstate to the other. It also shows a live Twitter feed from MoDOT's @StLouisTraffic. Check out the new website at www.gatewayguide.com.


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