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MoDOT to Close I-44 Ramp to Walnut This Weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 23, 2014 - The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the ramp from eastbound I-44 to Walnut this weekend.

Crews will close the ramp (Exit 291B) into downtown at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25 so crews can remove the remainder of the old ramp from the Poplar Street Bridge to I-44. The ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, July 28.

To detour around the closed ramp, drivers can continue on eastbound I-44 and exit at Washington. They can then take the U-turn ramp before Washington to get back to Pine Street or take Washington Street into downtown.


MoDOT to Start Work on Sidewalk, Pavement Updates on Olive
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 23, 2014 - The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Krupp Construction, are starting work next week to make updates to Route 340 (Olive Boulevard) between I-170 and Lindbergh.

Over the next several months, crews will be working on updating sidewalks and pedestrian crossings between Warson Road and Dielman Industrial Drive. At the end of the project, they will place a thin pavement overlay on the roadway.

Crews may have one lane closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, starting July 28, near where they are working on the sidewalks.

People will be able to access all the businesses along Olive Boulevard while crews are working, although entrances may be narrowed during work.

In mid- to late September crews will be closing one lane on Olive in each direction, at night, for the pavement overlay work. Crews will close the lanes between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.


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

Missouri Receives C-Minus Grade on ASCE's Recent Infrastructure Report Card
Building America's Future Co-Chair and former US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood provided an overview of the status of funding for the Highway Trust Fund, which is on track to be bankrupt by August without Congressional action.
Work on All Highway Projects Could Stop in August if Congress Doesn't Act to Replenish Highway Trust Fund
by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 1, 2014 - The American Society of Civil Engineers recently released their findings on the critical status of Missouri bridges, roads, dams and levees that gave an overall C-minus grade and in some cases a D minus.

According to Transportation for America, more than 60 percent of Missouri's road budget comes from the Highway Trust Fund. Missouri stands to lose more than a billion dollars and St. Louis stands to lose nearly 100 million dollars if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of cash.

That point became the backdrop for a presentation on the status of the Highway Trust Fund, Tuesday morning, July 1, at the MoDOT job site beneath the Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge, commonly called the Poplar Street Bridge (PSB).

Building America's Future Co-Chair and former US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined members of Associated General Contractors (AGC of St. Louis) to discuss the critical issues surrounding transportation and infrastructure funding.

"We are at a construction site that is and will continue to provide jobs for people here in St. Louis and Missouri. This project will come to an end in August when the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money if Congress does not step up and replenish that fund," stated LaHood, as trucks rolled past hauling construction debris from the demolition of the ramps.

"All these people you see here will be without jobs. There is a crisis in America right now. The Highway Trust Fund goes broke at the end of the summer. The Transportation Bill that funds these projects ends at the end of September."

According to information in the report, 3,528 of the 24,334 bridges in Missouri (14.5%) are considered structurally deficient; 31% of Missouri's roads are in poor or mediocre condition; driving on roads in need of repair costs Missouri motorists $1.6 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs. That's $380 per motorist.

"America is falling apart. America is one big pot hole," emphasized LaHood, as he recalled the terrible winter. "People all across America are driving on crumbling roads and bridges that are falling down."

"We need Congress to pass the Transportation Bill," he said. "We need to send a message to Washington DC to Senators and to Congressmen to have a vision and provide leadership. Don't put people out of work. Don't end projects like this in St. Louis and all across America," concluded LaHood.


Ramps on Interstate to close
MoDOT has closed the ramps between eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 and Memorial/Walnut and from the westbound on the Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge, commonly called the Poplar Street Bridge, into downtown until mid-2015.

Ramps on Interstate to close
Drivers from Illinois should use the Eads Bridge, the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge or stay on I-64 and enter downtown on 9th Street as exit ramp shown above will be closed until mid-2015.
Ramps Closed on Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 7, 2014 - Commuters from Illinois will lose one ramp from the Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge, commonly called the Poplar Street Bridge (PSB), into downtown for a year as crews start constructing new ramps.

The Missouri Department of Transportation have closed the ramp from the westbound Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge to I-44/Memorial Drive.

This closure is to work on rebuilding the ramps from the Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge to eastbound I-44 and to southbound I-55. The new ramps will be two lanes and more gradual to reduce congestion and make the ramps and the interchange safer.

In addition, the right lane on the westbound Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge will be closed around the clock. The ramp will remain closed for about a year. Additional lane closures on the westbound bridge will be needed on off-peak hours and at night.

"Commuters need to consider their alternates now and start to make changes to avoid the congestion from this ramp closure. Besides the alternate routes, commuters can use MetroLink and MetroBus. Those who can, should consider adjusting their commute time or telecommuting - that will help open up the roadways for those who need to report to work at specific times," said Deanna Venker, MoDOT's St. Louis City area engineer.

Drivers from Illinois should use the Eads Bridge, the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge or stay on I-64 and enter downtown on 9th Street. Although drivers can use the Martin Luther King Bridge, the Illinois Department of Transportation has a project to replace the driving surface starting in August.

The Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge is one of only two bridges in the nation that carry three interstates (I-70, I-55, I-64) across a river. The Congressman Clay Sr. Bridge was built in the 1960's and was never meant to carry the amount of traffic it does today.

It was designed to 1960 standards and for today's traffic, the ramp curve are too sharp, and there is not enough room between the exits and entrances thus causing major weaving issues. This is the reason the accident rate at this location is three times greater than a normal interchange and why trucks periodically overturn on the ramps.


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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