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MoDOT to Close Eastbound I-64 Ramp to 11th Street for 15 days
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 16, 2018 - Starting next Wednesday, Cardinal fans heading to the game, or other drivers heading downtown will need to avoid the eastbound I-64 ramp to 11th Street, as crews will close the ramp as part of on-going repair work.

Crews will close the ramp before morning rush on September 19, and the ramp will remain closed for 15 days.

Drivers can use the 14th Street ramp or the 6th Street ramp to get into the downtown area.

Crews are making repairs to several of the ramps along eastbound and westbound I-64 in the city. They are avoiding closing consecutive ramps on the interstate during this work.


Vote for Route 65: THE REBUILD Among 12 of America's Best Projects
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 19, 2018 - After four regional competitions, this year's top 12 transportation projects have made it to the final phase of the 11th annual America's Transportation Awards competition and the chance to earn $10,000 for a scholarship or non-profit in their home states.

Springfield's Route 65: THE REBUILD project is among those top 12 competing projects. The project won in the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small category.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT! Go to AmericasTransportationAwards.org and vote daily through Sept. 22.

In April, 35 state DOTs nominated 79 projects for consideration in the national competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The three highest-scoring projects in four regional contests became the competition's Top 12 and now compete for the national Grand Prize and the Socrata People's Choice Award, both of which come with a $10,000 check for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners' choosing.

Route 65: THE REBUILD replaced the pavement on a segment of U.S. Route 65 in Springfield, closing sections of the highway in between interchanges to speed the work and to enhance safety. The $7.9 million project was completed in just 42 days.

MoDOT has previously won each of the two top prizes. The New I-64 won the Grand Prize in 2010 and the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program won the People's Choice Award in 2013.

The competition evaluates projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology & Innovation, and Operations Excellence. The projects are also divided into three sizes: small projects (less than $25 million); medium projects ($25 million to $200 million); and large projects (more than $200 million).

The Grand Prize will be determined by an independent panel of transportation industry experts. The Socrata People's Choice Award will be selected through online voting by the general public. Online votes will be weighted to each state's population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. The winners will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Sept. 23.


MoDOT to Close Section of Halls Ferry Circle for Construction
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 19, 2018 - Drivers who use Halls Ferry Circle in St. Louis city will need to be aware of changing traffic patterns over the next several months as MoDOT starts a construction project on the circle.

Crews will close the east half of the circle starting after morning rush on Monday, August 20. The project will replace poor pavement in the circle and upgrade the circle to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

For the first portion of construction, MoDOT will:

  • Close access to northbound and southbound Halls Ferry Road on the southeast side of the circle.
  • Close the northbound lanes of Riverview on the south side of the circle. Northbound drivers will share the southbound lanes with southbound drivers.
  • Close access to eastbound and westbound Riverview Boulevard on the east side of the circle.
  • Close the northbound lanes of Lewis and Clark Boulevard on the north side of the circle. Northbound Lewis and Clark traffic will share lanes with southbound traffic.
During this portion of the construction, drivers on northbound Riverview Boulevard will only be able to travel to northbound Lewis and Clark Boulevard. Crews will post detours for all the closed roadways. Crews expect to move to the west half of the circle in early October.

MLK Bridge to Close August 21 for Repairs
The Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of Laclede's Landing, will be closed beginning Monday, August 27, 2018, through early fall of 2019.
Upcoming Closure of Martin Luther King Bridge
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 11, 2018 - The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the Martin Luther King Bridge will be closing to perform extensive repairs to the ramps and roadways leading to the Martin Luther King Bridge.

The Martin Luther King Bridge will be CLOSED beginning MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018 and will remain closed through early fall of 2019.

During this closure period, there will also be four weekend closures of Interstate 55/64 southbound/westbound and two nighttime lane closures on Interstate 55/64.

Extensive delays are expected at this location during weekday morning rush hours, and motorists are urged to plan accordingly and use alternate routes including the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate forms of transportation including carpooling and public tranportation. Additional information will be forthcoming as the closure dates approach. Message boards will also be utilized to provide additional and current information.


Construction to Begin on Central West End MetroLink Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 11, 2018 - Construction will soon be underway on the extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink station.

The platform will remain open during the project which is expected to take about six months to complete, but temporary closures may be necessary at times during construction. Advance notice will be provided for Metro riders if temporary closures are required.

The walkway which connects the MetroLink platform at the Central West End Transit Center to the MetroBus area in the parking garage adjacent to the station will be closed starting August 20 for the duration of the construction project.

Metro riders who transfer between MetroLink and MetroBus at the Central West End Station will now access the MetroBus area in the parking garage from Children's Place and will access the MetroLink platform via Euclid Avenue. Metro Shuttles will transport riders who need assistance traveling between Euclid Avenue and the MetroBus area at Children's Place and Taylor Avenue. Metro riders transferring between MetroBus and MetroLink at the Central West End Station should allow an extra 10 minutes for their commutes.

The platform extension at the Central West End MetroLink Station is the third phase of the $15.4 million project which included the building of the new Cortex Station and the first quarter-mile portion of the Chouteau Greenway. Both of those projects were completed and opened to the public on July 31.

All three phases of the project are being funded through a public-private partnership which included a federal grant of $10.3 million from the Federal Transit Administration. The Central West End MetroLink Station is the busiest station on the 46-mile MetroLink system. The platform is being extended to the east to better accommodate the volume of riders using the station.


Many Work Zones Impact Travel Within St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Warm weather may currently not be an everyday event yet in the St. Louis, but MoDOT construction teams and contractors are already starting to prepare for roadway construction this year.

Some of the anticipated work will start as early as the first few weeks of March, so MoDOT is sharing information on the projects within the greater St. Louis area that will have significant impacts on daily travel. These projects will have lane closures, often around the clock, and may have narrowed and shifted lanes.

"We have several projects along the I-44 corridor - from the Mississippi River all the way out to the Crawford County line. Two of them - the bridge replacement near Shrewsbury and the bridge work between Kingshighway and 39th Street in St. Louis City - will have a very large impact on travel into and through the St. Louis City area. We encourage drivers that regularly use that section of I-44 to start looking at some of their other options now. For some, adjusting the time of their commute may be an option, or talking to their company about telecommuting options. Others may want to consider alternate routes to get around the construction. For others, using ride-sharing, carpooling or transit options may be the best choice. We are sharing this information now so motorists know where the most impacts to traffic are expected so they can be prepared and consider what option works best for them as early as possible," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Bill Schnell.

"We have several avenues where drivers can get information about upcoming lane closures and impact in the St. Louis area. We put out a work zone report every Wednesday afternoon detailing work for the next week. We also share information on social media - namely Twitter and Facebook. People can sign up for the e-update lists of our larger projects - such as the Poplar Street Bridge and I-44 work at Shrewsbury. Finally, people can check out information on our Traveler Information Map: http://traveler.modot.org/map/index.html," said Schnell.

MoDOT projects expected to have the biggest traffic impact to motorists in and around the St. Louis region this year are:

(Note: projects are listed by interstate and not by the overall potential impact. Projects that have projected around-the-clock lane closures are marked with an asterisk (*).)

Interstate 44
* I-44 bridge improvements between Kingshighway and 39th Street. (St. Louis City) It includes rehabilitating the Union Pacific Railroad, Vandeventer and Tower Grove bridges and replacing the Kingshighway, Thurman and 39th Street bridges. During this project, crews will also replace the pedestrian bridge over the interstate between the Edwards overpass and Kingshighway. One I-44 lane in both directions will be closed around the clock, and several ramps and cross streets will be impacted during the work. The project starts in early 2018 and will be completed in late 2019.

* I-44 bridge and pavement rehabilitation between Murdoch and the River Des Peres. (St. Louis County) This project replaces the eastbound bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. During construction, the ramp from Shrewsbury to eastbound I-44 will be closed in early spring 2018. Drivers will have shifted lanes - three eastbound and two westbound - during the project. The project has begun. The bridge project will be completed in late 2018, while final resurfacing will be complete in late spring 2019.

I-44 pavement repairs and resurfacing from east of Murdoch Avenue to Route 141. (St. Louis County)Work will be complete by the end of 2018.

* I-44 Meramec River Bridge replacement. (St. Louis County)This project replaces the eastbound and westbound I-44 bridges just west of I-270 over the Meramec. Replaces the bridges on the ramps between I-44 and eastbound and westbound Watson Road. Work starts on the westbound I-44 bridge in late 2018. Drivers can expect lane and ramp closures and shifted traffic lanes by fall 2018. The project continues through 2021.

I-44 bridge replacement between Route 100 and Route 50. (Franklin County) Replace the eastbound I-44 bridge over Route 50 in Franklin County. Crews will start work in March by building out the median and shifting traffic. Lanes will be narrowed but one lane will be open at all times. Most lane closures will be during off-peak hours. There will likely need to be a full closure at some point to set girders and demo the old bridge. In addition, crews will replace the bridge for St. Mary's Road over I-44 this summer. Drivers can expect off-peak lane closures and some overnight closures for demolition and to set girders.

I-44 pavement improvements between Route 30 and the Crawford County line. (Franklin County) One lane closed during off-peak times. Work starts this summer and ends in the fall of 2019.

Interstate 55
I-55 from Route A to the Ste. Genevieve County line. (Jefferson County) Rehabilitation of 21 bridges over northbound and southbound I-55, as well as pavement and guardrail improvements on I-55. The work will continue through 2018. There will be overnight and weekend lane closures for much of the year as crews work to rehab the bridges. No full closures are expected. The zipper merge is encouraged on this project.

Interstate 64
* I-64 Poplar Street Bridge widening. (St. Louis City) This project adds an eastbound lane to the Poplar Street Bridge, adds a second lane to the NB I-55 ramp, and extends the 6th Street ramp into Illinois. Work will also overlay the eastbound lanes and repaint the bridge. Work has begun and should be complete in spring 2019.

I-64 Resurfacing and ramp work between Sarah and the Poplar Street Bridge. (St. Louis City) This project removes and replaces the driving surface between Sarah and 21st Street. It also includes resurfacing on the ramps at Market, Forest Park and Grand. Another project in the area renovates several ramps on I-64. Work includes the westbound exit ramp at 9th Street; the westbound entrance ramps at Broadway, 10th Street and 14th Street; and the eastbound exit ramps at 6th Street, 11th Street and 14th Street. The work will require ramp closures and traffic will be detoured during ramp closures. Work begins in spring 2018 and will be complete by the fall.

I-64 interchange updates at I-70/Route 61. (St. Charles County) This project makes pavement and bridge improvements at the interchange. Drivers can expect off-peak lane closures. Work runs from spring to fall 2018.

Interstate 70
I-70 Pavement improvements from Springdale Ave. to Union Blvd. (city limits). (St. Louis County)This is a 2-year project that will include nightly lane closures.

I-70 relocation of interchange ramps at Route U (Lucas-Hunt). (St. Louis County)This project will be completed in the summer and will include full ramp closures in the interchange.

I-70 from Woodlawn to TR Hughes. (St. Charles County) Interchange, outer road and sidewalk improvements. Off-peak lane closures on the interstate but could be some around-the-clock closures on arterials. Starts spring and ends summer 2019.

Interstate 270
I-270 at I-70 and Route 180. (St. Louis County)Pavement repairs on the ramps at the I-70/I-270/Route 180 interchange. This project will begin this fall and will include some full weekend ramp closures.

* I-270 bridge rehabilitation between Dorsett and I-70. (St. Louis County)This project will include up to two lanes closed in each direction and will last all summer.

I-270 pavement repairs and resurfacing between Route 100 and I-55. (St. Louis County)Work will be complete by the end of 2018.

Route 47 Missouri River Bridge. (Franklin County) The project began in late summer 2016 and will be completed in late 2018, with the old bridge demolished in 2019. Off-peak lane closures will continue during this work. Route 340 improvements from Chesterfield Parkway East /West to south of I-64. (St. Louis County) Extend the southbound auxiliary lane between the I-64 eastbound and westbound ramps. Extend the northbound left turn lane to westbound I-64 further to the south. Adds turn lanes at Chesterfield Parkway East and West and replaces the signals at those intersections. Adds a right turn lane on the westbound I-64 ramp to Route 340. Will be complete in late 2018.

"All of this work is to continue to maintain the existing system of roadways to ensure people in Missouri have a safe and operational transportation network. We understand the impacts that this roadwork can cause, and we minimize those impacts as much as we can by working during non-peak traffic hours, overnight and on weekends. In some cases, the type of work requires around-the-clock lane closures. That's why we share this information early and encourage people to look for alternate options through the construction season," said Schnell.


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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