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Work Begins on Interstate 55/64 Eastbound on Poplar Street Bridge With Lanes and Ramps Closing
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL, (SLFP.com), June 5, 2019 - The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the right two lanes of Interstate 55/64 eastbound will be closing to perform critical repairs to the bridge surface of one of the bridges on the Illinois side. The right two lanes will be closed in the early morning hours of Monday, June 10, 2019 and are expected to be reopened by Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
In Missouri, the Marion Street entrance ramp to Interstate 55 northbound and the right lane of Interstate 55 northbound approaching the Poplar Street Bridge will be closed as well.
Extensive delays are expected at this location during weekday evening 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 transportation. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
MoDOT to Close I-44 Near I-270 May 31 - June 3
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 23, 2019 - Drivers who use I-44 for weekend travel will want to consider alternate routes May 31 - June 3, as MoDOT will close the interstate to remove the westbound Watson Road bridge over I-44.
Crews will close all lanes of eastbound and westbound I-44 between I-270 and Geyer Road to remove the westbound Route 366 (Watson Road) bridge over I-44, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, with all lanes closed by 8 p.m.. In addition, the westbound Route 366 bridge will close, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31.
During the interstate closure, drivers will still be able to get from westbound I-44 to northbound and southbound I-270, and from eastbound I-44 to northbound and southbound I-270, as well as to eastbound Watson Road (Route 366).
Eastbound I-44 drivers wanting to continue east on I-44 can take Watson Road, turn onto Lindbergh, and take Lindbergh back to eastbound I-44. Westbound I-44 drivers wanting to continue west on I-44 will need to take the I-270 exit and use the westbound Watson ramp (after the bridge) to continue on westbound I-44 during the closure.
All I-44 lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, June 3. When the lanes reopen, westbound I-44 lanes will remain as they are currently. Eastbound I-44 will be restriped with two through lanes, one ramp lane for northbound I-270 and one ramp lane for southbound I-270. This will give crews working on the Watson Road bridge the room they need to construct the bridge and complete median drainage and pavement work between the Meramec River and I-270.
When westbound Watson Road over the interstate closes at 7 p.m. Friday May 31, the bridge will remain closed for five months while crews rebuild the bridge. While the bridge is closed, Watson Road drivers can use Lindbergh to access westbound I-44 and northbound and southbound I-270.
MoDOT Begins Work on I-44 Bridges
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Crews have started the second year of a 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.
Two lanes on westbound I-44 have closed and the remaining two lanes have been shifted onto the eastbound interstate. The Vandeventer ramp to westbound I-44 and the Grand ramp to westbound I-44 has also been closed. There are now three eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes on the interstate through the end of the year. The Vandeventer ramp to westbound I-44 will also remain closed for the remainder of the year; the Grand ramp to westbound I-44 is scheduled to reopen in three months.
Crews will work on the westbound bridges this year. Details on specific lane closures on the roads under the bridges will be shared as they become available. Crews will put a new driving surface on I-44 in this area in spring 2020, once the bridge construction is complete.
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 this construction work restarts.
MoDOT Suggests Planning Ahead for 2019 Construction Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Even though winter isn't quite in the rear-view mirror in St. Louis, MoDOT construction teams and contractors are already looking at the road ahead 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 very large impact on travel into and through the St. Louis City area, said MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer Tom Blair.
"Like last year, we encourage drivers, especially along I-44, to review their options. Some may be able to adjust the time of their commute, or even telecommute several days a week. 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 Blair.
MoDOT projects expected to have the biggest traffic impact to motorists in and around the St. Louis region this year are:
Interstate 70 construction
- St. Louis City - Bridge improvements between Kingshighway and 39th Street. Expect lane shifts and closures through December. Vandeventer ramp to WB I-44 will be closed through December. Grand to WB I-44 will be closed for three months
- St. Louis County - Bridge and pavement rehabilitation between Murdoch and the River Des Peres (Shrewsbury). Lane shifts and closures are expected through the end of the year. Shrewsbury to EB I-44 ramp will remain closed through end of the year.
- St. Louis County, Meramec River Bridge rebuild, including westbound Watson Road Bridge to westbound I-44. Expect several traffic shifts, including moving eastbound traffic to the newly constructed westbound bridge in late spring. WB Watson Road to WB I-44 will be closed for five months after Memorial Day.
- St. Louis County, Maritz Bridge over I-44 repair. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Franklin County, Pavement improvements from Route 30 to the Crawford County Line. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
Interstate 270 construction
- St. Charles County, Pavement improvements from Wentzville Parkway to Lake St. Louis. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
State route construction
- St. Louis County, Pavement improvements on the southbound I-270 exit ramp to I-70. The ramp will be closed from spring 2019 until late summer 2019.
- St. Louis County, bridge painting at Route 370. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Route 67, Replacement of the Dorsett Midland overpass. The overpass will be closed from Memorial Day until late summer 2019.
- Route 109, Bridge rehabilitation/widening at Route 100. Includes work on Route 109 south of the bridge. Expect lane shifts and closures during the project.
- Route 141, Pavement improvements between Route 30 and Route 61/67. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Route 141, Pavement improvements and bridge rehabilitation between Route 30 and I-64. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Route 370, Bridge improvements at Route 94. Expect lane closures across the Route 370 bridge and lane shifts.
Martin Luther King Bridge Closed Until 2019
The Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of Laclede's Landing, will be closed through early fall of 2019.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Martin Luther King Bridge to perform extensive repairs to the ramps and roadways leading to the Martin Luther King Bridge.
The Martin Luther King Bridge will remain closed through early fall of 2019.
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.
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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