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Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge to Open December 21
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 24, 2015 - The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the timeline for the reopening of the MLK Jr. Bridge over the Mississippi River in East St Louis.
The Department anticipates opening the bridge the week of December 21, 2015, weather permitting. The MLK Bridge was originally scheduled to open November 25, 2015 but additional work was needed. Future updates will be issued as the opening date approaches.
The construction includes complete replacement of the steel grid deck in the middle span, structural steel repairs, expansion joint repairs and painting.
Complete closure of the MLK bridge was coordinated with MODOT's on-going work on the Poplar Street Bridge and the re-opening the two westbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge.
After the bridge is reopened to traffic there may be periodic temporary closures of the bridge over the next several months to complete minor work items and remove the contractorÕs scaffolding. Any additional closures would be limited to weekends and/or weekday off-peak traffic hours.
MoDOT Construction Continues in North St. Louis County
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 24, 2015 - Work continues in North St. Louis County on the I-270 bridges at I-70. Crews have started bridge maintenance and repairs on the interchange.
In order for crews to complete this work safely, additional ramps will temporarily close.
Motorists traveling westbound on I-70 will not be able to access northbound I-270. In addition, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, motorists traveling in Bridgeton on St. Charles Rock (near the I-270 and I-70 interchange) will not be able to access I-70. Both ramps will reopen in one month. All work is weather permitting.
Currently, traffic on I-70 near I-270 has narrowed lanes in the day and up to two lanes closed at night. Drivers should expect congestion and delays, especially between 3 and 6 p.m. weekdays.
This project is scheduled to be complete by late December.
Motoriest Face Delays with MoDOT Road Construction
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 13, 2015 - Drivers along Interstate 44 and Interstate 270 should expect increased delays as MoDOT crews work on rehabilitating the westbound I-44 bridge over the Meramec near Interstate 270
The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Concrete Strategies Inc, have begun the work to remove the driving surface of the bridge, repair the pavement underneath and replace the driving surface.
One lane on westbound I-44 will remain closed around the clock for the next six weeks.
While crews are working in the far right lane, there will be no access to the Soccer Park exit off westbound I-44. Drivers will need to use the Bowles exit and the outer road to access businesses and facilities in the Soccer Park area.
Crews will keep two through lanes from I-270 and two through lanes from I-44 open during the day. Crews may close a second lane nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
To avoid congestion during evening rush, drivers may want to consider alternate routes, where possible. Work on the westbound bridge is scheduled to be completed in about six weeks.
In addition, starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, crews will close one lane around-the-clock on eastbound I-44 from Elm to Shrewsberry. One lane will close westbound starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 16. The lanes will also be shifted and narrowed through mid-December.
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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