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Martin Luther King Bridge Closed for Renovation
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 20, 2015 - The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Martin Luther King Bridge completely to traffic to continue road construction.
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.
The MLK Bridge will remain closed through November 25, 2015 for this work.
A marked detour is in place to guide motorists around this work zone. The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, watch for stopped traffic ahead and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone.
MoDOT Begins Work on I-44, I-270
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 8, 2015 - Drivers along Interstate 44 should expect delays during the morning rush period as crews start rehabilitating the I-44 bridge over the Meramec near Interstate 270.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and its contractor, Concrete Strategies Inc, are working to remove the driving surface of the bridge, repair the pavement underneath and replace the driving surface.
To avoid congestion during morning rush, drivers may want to consider alternate routes, where possible. This is especially important in about a month, when crews reach the lane that exits to northbound and southbound I-270.
Work on the eastbound bridge is scheduled to be completed shortly before Labor Day. Work on the westbound bridge will start at that time.
The bridges are more than 50 years old and are classified as structurally deficient. This is not a permanent fix, however, this work will extend the usable life of the bridges until funding becomes available for full bridge replacements.
I-270 will remain open during construction. New Florissant Road and New Halls Ferry Road will be closed under I-270. There will be no access to or from eastbound I-270 at these locations.
Motorists will need to use alternate streets to cross I-270 while New Florissant Road and New Halls Ferry Road are closed. They will need to use adjacent interchanges to access I-270 while these interchanges are closed.
Monday, July 13 all closures will be in place and motorists should expect substantial backups on I-270 during construction. It is anticipated that average delays through the work zones could add 30 minutes or more to the daily commute. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid this area during peak travel times.
MoDOT Opens New Boone Bridge to Traffic
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 28, 2015 - The new eastbound I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge is now open to traffic.
All lanes on the new bridge opened at midnight. Construction on the new $111 million bridge began in January 2013. Crews will now begin rehab work on the closed eastbound bridge. That bridge is expected to reopen to westbound traffic later this year. The current westbound bridge, which was built in the 1930s, will be demolished in early 2016.
Construction on the $111 million project began in January 2013. The opening of the new bridge will allow crews to begin rehab work on the existing eastbound bridge to accommodate future westbound traffic. That bridge is expected to reopen later this year. The current westbound bridge, which was built in the 1930s, will be demolished early in 2016.
Watch for Slow-Moving MoDOT Trucks Painting Stripes on Highways
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 7, 2015 - The Missouri Department of Transportation is working on its annual effort to paint fresh stripes on highways. Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow-moving caravan of MoDOT striping trucks.
MoDOT restripes most of the major highways each year during late spring, early summer. The striping trucks move between 8 mph and 12 mph when workers are painting white and yellow lines on highways. A driver traveling at highway speed can approach a slow-moving striping caravan much quicker than he or she expects because of significant differences in speed.
For example, where the speed limit is 70 mph on interstate highways, cars are covering at least 103 feet per second. If not paying close enough attention approaching the last truck in a striping caravan, a driver suddenly may have to brake and swerve to avoid a high speed, rear-end crash, which can be extremely serious.
The yellow MoDOT trucks have flashing strobe lights and boards with flashing arrows and messages.
"Even with all of the lights and signs, a few MoDOT striping crews are struck each year," said Eileen Rackers, MoDOT state traffic engineer. "We ask motorists to exercise extra patience and attention so no one gets hurt."
Crisp, easy-to-see striping is a significant safety feature on roadways. The paint contains glass beads that reflect light from headlights in the dark. Striping work is important to every driver.
Construction Closes Westbound Poplar Street Bridge Ramp
Beginning Thursday night at 8 p.m., MoDOT will close the ramp from the westbound PSB (shown above) to southbound I-55 and westbound I-44 for a month to construct new ramp.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 27, 2015 - Significant changes are in store for drivers who use the Poplar Street Bridge through the next month, starting the evening of Thursday, May 28.
The biggest change will be the full closure of the ramp from the westbound PSB to southbound I-55 and westbound I-44 for a month, beginning Thursday night at 8 p.m.
Crews will also close the ramp from eastbound I-44 to Walnut for a week, starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 28. While the ramp is closed, drivers will need to use the ramp from eastbound I-44 to Washington to get into downtown St. Louis.
When the new ramp from the westbound PSB to eastbound I-44 downtown opens, the ramp from the westbound PSB to southbound I-55/westbound I-44 will close for a month to start reconstruction.
Starting Friday May 29, drivers should be aware of shifting patterns across the PSB into downtown St. Louis. Friday evening at 8 p.m., crews will close all lanes and ramps on I-44 in both directions between the Tucker ramp and 7th and Park. They will also close all lanes and ramps on northbound I-55 from Gravois to the Poplar Street Bridge.
Several ramps from westbound I-64 into downtown will also be closed for much of the time during this work. The ramp from the PSB to eastbound I-44 and the exit ramp from westbound I-64 to 9th Street will be closed for most of the weekend, except for two hours before and a half hour after the start of this weekend's Cardinal games. All lanes and ramps, except for the ramp from eastbound I-44 to Walnut, will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, June 1. The ramp to Walnut will reopen by 9 a.m. Thursday, June 4.
Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:
For real time traffic, visit www.gatewayguide.com. All work is weather permitting and may be shifted due to inclement weather.
- I-64, St. Louis City, the Poplar Street Bridge ramp to eastbound I-44 is closed until mid-2015.
- I-64, St. Louis City, two right lanes closed westbound on the Poplar Street Bridge until mid-2015.
- I-64/55, St. Louis City, the westbound Poplar Street Bridge ramp to southbound I-55 and westbound
- I-44 will be closed until July 2015.
- I-64, St. Louis County, auxiliary lane closed westbound from Timberlake Manor to Chesterfield Parkway East until spring 2015. One left lane is closed on the ramp from I-64 to Route 141.
- Route 115, St. Louis County, one lane closed eastbound and westbound from North Hanley to Florissant through summer 2015. In addition, there will be no access from Natural Bridge to Florissant Road.
- Route 141, St. Louis County, the right turn lane from southbound to Conway will be closed until late May. Drivers can use Brooking Park Drive as a detour.
- Route P, St. Charles County, all lanes closed at Parr Road starting Wednesday, May 27 until late June 2015.
- Route HH, Franklin County, all lanes closed over Calvey Creek until further notice. Use N and NN as a detour.
- Route 61, Jefferson County, three lanes closed around the clock at Glaize Creek until late May 2015. Traffic signals will direct traffic through the work zone.
Although the bridge will remain open through the construction, drivers may want to consider using alternate routes between Illinois and St. Louis City. The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, the Eads and the Martin Luther King bridge are all options during the work on the Poplar Street Bridge.
All lanes on the westbound PSB and the ramp from Illinois Route 3 to the westbound PSB will reopen by early July.
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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