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MoDOT to Close NB I-170 This Weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 16, 2014 - Drivers heading to the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race in Forest Park should be aware that MoDOT will close northbound I-170 between I-64 and Forest Park Parkway this weekend, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, September 19, through 5 a.m. Monday, September 22.

Crews will close all lanes and ramps of northbound I-170 between I-64 and Forest Park Parkway, to include ramps from eastbound and westbound I-64, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, September 19. There will be no access to the interstate from Galleria Parkway. Drivers will be able to get onto northbound or southbound I-170 from Forest Park Parkway. Crews will be completing preventative bridge maintenance along northbound I-170.

To detour around the closure, drivers on westbound I-64 can take Big Bend to Forest Park Parkway. Drivers on eastbound I-64 should consider northbound I-270 to eastbound I-70 to avoid the construction.

There will be a second closure of northbound I-170 in this area scheduled for October. More details will be released when they have been determined.


MoDOT Closes Lanes Around Compton Bridge over I-4
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 16, 2014 - Crews have closed Compton Bridge over I-44 in St. Louis City after. Compton will be closed between Lafayette and Russell, but local traffic will be able to get to their residences.

Crews will be removing and replacing the bridge deck on the Compton Avenue bridge over the interstate. Drivers can use Grand or Nebraska to detour around the Compton Avenue closure.

As part of the project, crews will close Interstate 44 between Grand and Jefferson, starting at 8 p.m. Friday September 26. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, September 29. More details on the interstate closure will be released when they are determined.

When crews are working on the Compton Avenue Bridge, they may have one lane closed in each direction on I-44 during non-peak hours. In addition, the ramp from westbound I-44 to Grand and Louisiana (Exit 288) will be closed between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from midnight to 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Compton Avenue over I-44 will reopen to traffic by December 15, 2014. The project will be complete by summer 2015.

When complete, the new bridge will have two 14-foot lanes. It will also include six foot sidewalks on each side of the bridge, separated from the driving lanes with barrier wall.


Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Bill Approved
View of construction on $695 million cable-stayed Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge as seen, June 26, 2013, from the Riverfront Trail near the old Mullanphy Pump Station. SLFP.com file photo

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Is Finalist in National Transportation Awards Competition
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 7, 2014 - The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. Louis, has been selected as one of 10 national finalists in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition. A panel of national transportation experts picked the Mississippi River bridge project from 73 projects representing 36 states in the categories of "Best Use of Innovation," "Under Budget" and "Quality of Life/Community Development."

The project was a joint effort by the Missouri and Illinois Department of Transportation. The project was the first major river bridge to be constructed in the greater St. Louis area in over 50 years. Its purpose was to reduce congestion and improve safety by removing one of three interstates from the Poplar Street Bridge into St. Louis. The project symbolizes Illinois' and Missouri's commitment to innovation and partnership. The bridge opened to traffic in February.

"While all 73 projects nominated deserve recognition for their contributions to improving transportation in America, these 10 remaining projects are the best of the best," said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The awards competition is sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"This competition recognizes excellence in project delivery." Wright said. "It's about saving time and taxpayers' money and improving the ability of people, manufacturers, farmers and service providers to move themselves and their goods, reliably, every day."

Last year, MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program won the national People's Choice Award.

The 10 transportation projects now compete for the Grand Prize, selected by a panel of judges. A People's Choice Award will be decided through online voting. Voting began Monday, September 8 and continues through Friday, October 24 at www.americastransportationawards.org

On the ballot, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is listed as MO/IL: Mississippi River Bridge. Those interested are welcome to vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite projects. The two awards will be presented November 23 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Charlotte.

Winners of both the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award will each be awarded $10,000, which must be donated to a charity or scholarship of the state DOT's choice.


First Section of Route 364/Page Phase 3 to Open in October
ST. CHARLES, MO, (SLFP.com), September 7, 2014 - The Missouri Department of Transportation and St. Charles County have announced details for the public to get a chance to walk, run or ride their bike on the first section of Route 364/Page Phase 3 before it opens to traffic. The new Route 364 will be open to the public between Interstate 64 and Route K on Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Access to the road will be free of charge during that time, but people are asked to bring a canned food donation for Operation Food Search. All donations collected will be kept in the St. Charles County area. Operation Food Search distributes 2.75 million pounds of food monthly to 25 counties in Missouri and Illinois.

In addition to the public event, running enthusiasts can sign up to participate in the One Shot and Done 5K run sponsored by St. Charles Kiwanis and Fleet Feet. Those interested in that event will have to register online at http://www.phase3run.itsyourrace.com/

The current schedule for public events is as follows:

7:30 a.m. - One Shot and Done 5K Run. Details on cost, where to meet and registration are available online at www.phase3run.itsyourrace.com.

11 a.m. - The road opens to the public for walking, running and biking from Interstate 64 to Route K.

2 p.m. - Ribbon cutting ceremony begins.

3 p.m. - The road closes to the public to get ready for opening road to traffic in the evening.

Parking for the public event is available at several locations along the new corridor:

Dardenne Town Square at Route N and Henke Road
Dardenne Prairie Presbyterian Church at Winghaven Boulevard and Route N
Schnucks Supermarket at 3029 Highway K

Some tips for the day:

The general public will not be allowed on the road to walk, run or bike until 11 a.m. because of the morning's race. Please do not bring pets, large coolers, alcohol or glass bottles. Please do not bring motorized vehicles for the safety of attendees. For bike riders, the road may be very crowded, so please give fellow attendees plenty of space.

When the entire stretch of the new $118 million Route 364/Page Phase 3 is open, it will be nine miles of four lane divided highway from Interstate 64 in Lake St. Louis to Route 94/Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. The second stretch from Route K to Mid Rivers Mall Drive is set to open later this fall.

Funding for the new road is a cost-share project with MoDOT, St. Charles County and the local municipalities in St. Charles County. For more details on the project or the opening events, go to www.modot.org or http://www.sccmo.org/


MoDOT Opens New Tower Grove Overpass
The new Tower Grove interchange and the ramp from westbound I-64 to Boyle has reopened for traffic, as part of the $17.9 million project to improve the at I-64 corridor near the Cortex District.

MoDOT Reopens Vendeventer Exit
The Vandeventer exit from I-64 has reopened following the opening of new Tower Grove interchange and the ramp from westbound I-64 to Boyle.
MoDOT Opens New Tower Grove Overpass at I-64 and Interchange
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 31, 2014 - Missouri Department of Transportation crews has opened the new Tower Grove interchange at I-64. In addition, as part of the interchange, the ramp from westbound I-64 to Boyle has also reopened.

The $17.9 million project, which started in early 2013 included:

  • Replaced bridges at Taylor, Newstead, Tower Grove and Boyle Avenues
  • Constructed a new interchange at Tower Grove/Boyle
  • Added two new ramps at Tower Grove and Boyle to support the existing ramps
  • Built a new roundabout south of Tower Grove and I-64
  • Installed signals at the westbound entrance and exit ramps at Boyle, and at the intersection of Boyle and Papin
  • Realigned and installed signals on Clayton Avenue at Tower Grove and Boyle to coordinate interchange traffic
  • Built new I-64 pavement between Kingshighway and Newstead and resurfaced I-64 between Newstead and Sarah
Washington University Medical Center and BJC Healthcare partnered with the department on the project.

Minor work on roadways and sidewalks will continue around the project. The project is scheduled to be complete later this year.


MoDOT to Close I-44 Downtown July 11 - 13, 2014
MoDot crews work through ninety plus degree heat on Saturday, July 12, as they placed forty massive 100-foot, 14-ton girders over Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis, as part of the Park Over the Highway project.

MoDOT to Close I-44 Downtown July 11 - 13, 2014
MoDot crews work through ninety plus degree heat on Saturday, July 12, as they placed forty massive 100-foot, 14-ton girders over Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis, as part of the Park Over the Highway project.
MoDOT to Close I-44 Downtown July 11 - 13, 2014
Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor of Architecture at Washington University, brought his family, Max (age 3) and wife Caron who holding Jake (age 1), on Saturday morning to watch MoDot crews place forty massive 100-foot, 14-ton girders over Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis.
Park Over Highway at Gateway Arch Finally Begins to Shape
by Betty Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 12, 2014 - MoDOT crews sweated through ninety degree temperatures on Saturday to place forty massive 100-foot, 14-ton girders over I-44 in downtown St. Louis, as part of the Park Over the Highway project.

Cranes lifted each girder from a flatbed truck on the highway and guided by workers on either side, placed it into position, created a roof over the concrete below.

Chuck Wilbur, who has an engineering degree, rode his bicycle from Afton, to view the construction process unfolding beneath the Gateway Arch.

"I had heard about how long and heavy these girders and just wanted to see them dropped into place," stated Wilbur over the din of construction noise. "Plus, I'm a supporter of Great Rivers Greenway, Trailnet and all those groups who are working to make this city more walkable, bikable and connected that way.

As the 'roof over the highway' began to take shape, curious onlookers gathered behind the chainlink fence to watch the action below.

Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor of Architecture at Washington University, brought his family, Jake (age 1), wife Caron and Max (age 3), on Saturday morning to watch the construction.

"We have been following the project and I wanted my boys to see the beams being placed," stated Hoeferlin. He acknowledged that he had participated with one of the architecture teams that did not win the competition to build the CityArchRiver project.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all lanes of I-44 in both directions from Broadway to the Poplar Street Bridge over the weekend until until 5 a.m., Monday, July 14, for the project. The Eads Bridge will also be closed until 5 a.m., Monday, July 14, to ensure that interstate traffic moves smoothly.

Detour routes for the closure are marked. Eastbound I 44 will be detoured up and over the closed portions of northbound Memorial to 3rd Street. Interstate traffic will get back on eastbound I-44 after the Martin Luther King Bridge. Westbound I-44 traffic will detour down Broadway. Traffic heading for southbound I-55 will use Spruce to get to the interstate. Traffic heading for eastbound I-64 will take Gratiot to the 6th Street ramp.

The work is part of the overall improvements to access between downtown and the interstate as part of the Park Over the Highway project. Crews will continue to work around Memorial Drive and the interstate ramps near Pine. It is a portion of CityArchRiver 2015, a transformational project that will enhance the Gateway Arch experience for all visitors.

Archived story:
Work Begins on 'Park Over the Highway' Connecting Downtown to the Gateway Arch

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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