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MoDOT to Close Big Bend Bridge Over I-270 Next Week
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 21, 2017, 2016 - The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, St. Louis Bridge, will close the Big Bend bridge over over I-270 next week.

Crews will close the bridge starting at 8 p.m. May 24. All lanes will be closed before morning rush on May 25.

In addition, crews may occasionally close up to three lanes on northbound and southbound I-270 overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The bridge will remain closed for three months so crews can remove and replace the bridge deck. The bridge should reopen before school begins in August. While the bridge is closed, drivers will be able to use the ramp from the east side of the bridge to northbound I-270 and the ramp from southbound I-270 to the west side of the bridge. There are several state, county and city roadways that local traffic can use to get from the east side of Big Bend to the west side of the bridge while it is closed.


Missouri Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Adopt-A-Highway Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 22, 2017, 2016 - The Missouri Department of Transportation's popular litter prevention program - the Adopt-A-Highway Program - turns 30 this year. MoDOT officials noted the milestone today with a celebration in Jefferson City featuring area Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.

Texas started the program in the mid-1980s as an effort to involve citizens to help clean state highways. Missouri followed suit in 1987. Today in Missouri, more than 5,200 groups and 50,000 volunteers participate in the program, and more than 6,200 miles of roadway have been adopted.

Adopter groups include commercial and private enterprises, civic and non-profit organizations, families and individuals. Adopters perform about $1 million a year in litter cleanup and beautification efforts.

"This extra help allows us to devote resources to other much needed tasks," said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger.

Participants in the program have four options: clean up litter; mow; beautify through landscaping or plant native Missouri wildflowers and grasses. MoDOT provides adopters with a certificate of appreciation, safety training and materials, and a sign with the group's name posted on each end of the adopted highway section. MoDOT also provides trash bags and pick up and disposal. Adopters must agree to adopt at least a half-mile of urban roadside or two miles of rural roadside; collect litter at least four times a year; sign a three-year agreement; submit an activity report to MoDOT and follow all safety procedures.


MoDOT Closes 7th Street Ramp to WB I-44, SB I-55 until July
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - MoDOT crews have closed the ramp from 7th Street to westbound I-44/southbound I-55 as part of bridge work downtown.

The ramp must remain closed until July, as there is too little space to safely merge vehicles onto the interstate from the ramp. Crews have narrowed lanes along westbound I-44/southbound I-55 and placed barrier wall as part of on-going maintenance on the interstate bridge between the Poplar Street Bridge and the I-44/I-55 interchange.

In addition to the ramp closure, drivers can expect one lane closed on the ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to westbound I-44/southbound I-55. They will also have three 10-foot lanes on westbound I-44/southbound I-55 between the Poplar Street Bridge and the I-44/I-55 interchange. The lanes and ramp will remain this way until the bridge work on westbound I-44/southbound I-55 is completed in July.


Top 10 Biggest Impact Work Zones in St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Spring will officially begin next month and more people will take to the roads and begin traveling. March also begins the season for road construction and work zones for MoDOT crews and contractors.

Some work is already underway, but in just a couple of weeks motorists will begin to see the impact on and around the Poplar Street Bridge downtown.

"The Poplar Street Bridge job and nearly all the work that we'll be doing is rehabilitation/repair or improvements to our existing roads and bridges. We want to make sure that motorists know where the most impacts to traffic are expected so they can be prepared," said MoDOT District Engineer Greg Horn.

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

St. Louis City:

  • 1. I-64 Poplar Street Bridge widening - This project adds an eastbound lane to the Poplar Street Bridge (PSB), adds a second lane to the northbound I-55 ramp, and extends the 6th Street ramp into Illinois. Work will also overlay the eastbound lanes and repaint the bridge. March to mid-August three lanes remain open on eastbound I-64. Then, the northbound I-55 ramp to PSB closes until late December 2017. Work starts in early 2017 and should be complete in fall 2018.
  • 2. I-64 bridge maintenance work - Work overlays 18 bridges on both eastbound and westbound I-64 from Tamm to Lindbergh. There will be weekend and overnight lane closures. Work will begin early July and will be complete in November 2017.
  • 3. I-55 bridge rehabilitation - This project rehabilitates the southbound and northbound bridges over the 3rd Street Viaduct as well as the ramps between the interstate and 7th and 8th streets. It will include three narrow lanes on northbound I-55/eastbound I-44 and a one lane reduction on the ramp from northbound I-55/Lafayette. Work is in process and will be finished in late 2017.
St Louis County:
  • 4. I-70 and I-170 bridge maintenance work - This work provides road improvements on all bridges in the interchange. There will be weekend ramp closures and traffic pattern shifts on and around the interchange. This project begun last year will be complete by summer 2017.
  • 5. I-270 - Pavement repairs. Work includes pavement repair and resurfacing between Route 364 and I-55. During this project, up to three lanes will be closed on I-270 during off peak hours. Work will start on the northern portion of the interstate (between Route 364 and Route 100) in 2017 and will continue between Route 100 and I-55 in 2018.
  • 6. I-44 over Union Pacific Railroad bridge rehabilitation - This project removes and replaces the driving surface from Murdock to the River Des Peres and renovates the bridge over Union Pacific Railroad. During construction the ramp from Shrewsbury to the interstate will be closed. One lane on I-44 will be closed around the clock during bridge construction. The project starts in 2017 and will be completed in 2018.
Jefferson County:
  • 7. Interstate 55 from north of Route Z to the Ste. Genevieve County line - Rehab of 21 bridges over northbound and southbound I-55, as well as pavement and guardrail improvements on I-55. The work will begin in March and continues 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.
St. Charles County:
  • 8. Interstate 70 from Fifth Street to Mid Rivers - Pavement and barrier wall improvements to begin in spring 2017. This work will require overnight and off-peak lane closures. Completion will be in spring 2019. There will actually be two separate projects along this stretch: I-70 from 5th Street to Mid Rivers Mall Drive, and eight bridge deck treatments. Of the eight bridges, I-70@ Rte. Z and I-70@ Wentzville Parkway will have the most traffic impact.
  • 9. Route 61 from Granville Drive to Route P - There are several proposed safety improvements along the two-and-a-half mile stretch that include:

    - Removing the Route P and Peine Road crossovers and replacing them with one interchange to serve both roads.
    - Converting the Grothe Road crossover to a right-in/right-out intersection and extending the merge lanes on Route 61.
    - Converting both Granville Drive crossings to a right-in/right out intersection and extending the southbound Route 61 right turn lane at the eastern Granville Drive crossing.
    Work will begin this summer and will be completed in the summer of 2018. There will be weekend and overnight lane closures.
Franklin County:
  • 10. Route 47 Missouri River Bridge - 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.
In addition to these construction work zones, this is also the time when maintenance crews will be out in moving/mobile work zones on roadways, performing pothole patching, striping and other tasks.

"It is important that motorists pay attention; stay buckled up and put phones down as they travel through any and all of our work zones. Last year, there were 7 work zone crashes that resulted in the loss of 7 lives. We want motorists and our crews to go home safely every day. That means that our crews must be careful and alert and motorists must be focused on the road," Horn said.


Design Work Gets Underway on New MetroLink Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - A design team has been selected for a new MetroLink station, which will be built near the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis.

The design group is being managed by the HNTB Corporation and includes KAI, Access Engineering, Glasper Professional Services, TSi Geotechnical and Kivindyo Engineering Services. The design phase for the new station, which will be located on the MetroLink system between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street, is expected to take 10 to 12 months.

The overall project will include the construction of the new MetroLink station, an addition to the Great Rivers Greenway bike path, and an extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink Station.

Construction of the new station is anticipated to begin next summer and be completed in 2018. When finished, the new station will support transit alternatives for an estimated 13,000 permanent jobs projected to be created in the central St. Louis corridor.

The MetroLink station project is being funded largely by a $10.3 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project was one of 72 transportation projects selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2014 TIGER Program from a pool of almost 800 eligible applications from across the nation.

The remainder of the project cost is being supported by a public-private partnership that includes BJC Healthcare, the Cortex Innovation Community, Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis Development Corporation and Washington University.


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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