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Popular Street Bridge Moves South Nine Feet
Crews will be working on the I-64 bridge across the Mississippi (commonly referred to as the Poplar Street Bridge), moving the eastbound bridge nine feet to the south. Image courtesy MoDOT

MoDOT to close Eastbound I-64 Between Jefferson and Illinois Route 3 This Weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 27, 2018 - People heading into downtown or Illinois this weekend should consider using I-70 or I-255/I-270, using rideshare or carpooling or taking Metro as MoDOT will close eastbound I-64 between Jefferson Avenue and Illinois Route 3.

Crews will be working on the I-64 bridge across the Mississippi (commonly referred to as the Poplar Street Bridge), moving the eastbound bridge nine feet to the south. This slide is part of on-going work to construct a fifth eastbound lane across the bridge between 6th Street and Illinois Route 3.

There will be no additional lanes closed on westbound I-64, besides the one lane currently closed around the clock. Drivers are asked to not slow down to watch construction activities on the interstate.

Starting Friday, March 30, crews will close:

  • Eastbound I-64 at Jefferson at 8 p.m. The detour will be marked.
  • The ramps from Pine Street, 6th Street and I-44/I-55 to eastbound I-64 will close at 7 p.m. The detour to I-64 from I-55 will be marked.
  • The ramps from eastbound I-64 to 20th/Chestnut, 14th, 11th and 6th streets will not be available as they are in the closed portion of the interstate.
There will be no public viewing area set aside to watch the construction. The public may watch from any open public area along the riverfront, but is asked to remain well away from the construction area so that crews can complete their work on the bridge.

All lanes are expected to be open by 5 a.m. Monday, April 2.


MoDOT to Shift Westbound I-44 Traffic Between Grand and Arsenal
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 18, 2018 - Next week, crews will start the next step in a two-year construction project to update several bridges along I-44 in St. Louis City, closing the left lane of westbound I-44 and shifting traffic into the three right lanes.

Crews have completed the necessary paving for the shift and are accelerating the traffic shift due to inclement weather expected early next week.

Starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 18, crews will close two lanes on westbound I-44 between Grand and Arsenal for the shift. Although the bridge work is between Kingshighway and Grand, this will help reduce backups and congestion between this work and the railroad bridge construction near Shrewsbury.

By 8 p.m. Sunday, crews will have shifted westbound traffic into three right lanes lanes. Although the bridge work is between Kingshighway and Grand, this will help improve safety and reduce congestion between this work and the railroad bridge construction near Shrewsbury. The remaining westbound lane will remain closed around the clock for the duration of the project. Crews will start setting barrier wall in that lane to prepare for shifting eastbound I-44 traffic into the westbound lanes. When all the barrier wall has been set, most likely in late March, they will close the left lane on eastbound I-44 and shift the three remaining lanes into the westbound lanes near Tower Grove.

This project replaces interstate bridges at Kingshighway, Thurman and 39th Street and rehabilitates interstate bridges over Vandeventer, Tower Grove and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Ultimately, the department will close one lane in each direction and shift traffic around the bridge work through early 2020.

People using I-44 for their commute should consider using I-64 or I-70, taking Metro, using ridesharing or carpooling, or allowing themselves extra time.


MoDOT to Start Bridge Work on I-44 Between Kingshighway and Grand
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 11, 2018 - This week, MoDOT crews will start work on a two-year construction project to update several bridges on I-44 in St. Louis City between Kingshighway and Grand.

This work replaces interstate bridges at Kingshighway, Thurman and 39th Street and rehabilitates interstate bridges over Vandeventer, Tower Grove and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Ultimately, the department will close one lane in each direction and shift traffic around the bridge work through early 2020.

Starting March 12, crews will close one lane on westbound I-44 between Grand and Kingshighway from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Crews will shift westbound traffic into the three right lanes, starting March 19, and will start setting barrier wall along the closed left lane. When all the barrier wall has been set, most likely in late March, they will close the left lane on eastbound I-44 and shift the three remaining lanes into the westbound lanes near Tower Grove.

Later this spring, the traffic shift will expand to just before Kingshighway as work begins on the other bridges on the project. More details on that, and other details on roadway closures under the interstate, will be released as they become available.

Primarily crews will work on eastbound bridges this year, and will work on westbound bridges next year. At the end of the project, crews will put a new driving surface on I-44 between Kingshighway and I-55.

People using I-44 for their commute should consider using I-64 or I-70, taking Metro, using ridesharing or carpooling, or allowing themselves extra time as MoDOT will close eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 for pavement work over the weekend.

Work is weather permitting.


MoDOT to Close Lanes on I-44 Near Shrewsbury Starting Monday
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 6, 2018 - MoDOT will start work on renovations to the eastbound I-44 bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad at the St. Louis City limits.

Crews will close two westbound lanes on I-44 between Jamieson and Shrewsbury. Those lanes will remain closed around the clock through the end of the year.

Crews will close an additional lane on westbound I-44 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night through Friday to set barrier wall. There will be only one lane open westbound during this portion of the work. In addition, crews may close one lane on eastbound I-44 outside of rush periods.

When the work is completed, as early as the night of March 9, crews will close the ramp from Shrewsbury to eastbound I-44 and one lane on eastbound I-44. They will then shift the remaining three lanes of traffic onto westbound I-44, for the remainder of the project.

Drivers can detour around the ramp closure by accessing eastbound I-44 at Arsenal. Since there will be two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane closed around the clock, drivers should consider alternate routes, shifting their commute time or telecommuting (if possible) or using transit, carpooling or ride share options to avoid congestion.


Many Work Zones Impact Travel Within St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 4, 2018 - 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.


MoDOT Closes EB I-44/NB I-55 Ramp to EB I-64 Through February
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Drivers heading from south St. Louis into Illinois on eastbound I-64 across the Mississippi River on the Poplar Street Bridge should consider alternate routes through February.

Crews will close the ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to eastbound I-64 - the Poplar Street Bridge - at 9 p.m. Friday, September 8. The ramp will remain closed around the clock through February.

Crews are closing the ramp to rebuild and widen it as part of ongoing work to the Poplar Street Bridge Project. While the ramp is closed, the two right lanes on the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge from the ramp into Illinois will also be closed so crews can place a new driving surface on them. Two lanes will remain open on eastbound I-64 from 6th Street to Illinois Route 3.

The ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to Walnut Street will remain open during this work.

The detour for the ramp closure is to take eastbound I-44 to exit 293 (Madison), turn right on Tyler or Madison to Broadway, turn right on Broadway, turn right on Cass and turn onto the ramp for eastbound I-70 across the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

From downtown, drivers can use the 6th Street ramp to get onto eastbound I-64. They can also use I-255 to the south, I-270 to the north or take Tucker to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.


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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