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MoDOT to Close Lanes on I-55 / I-44 This Weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 12, 2017, 2016 - Drivers around St. Louis City should be aware that crews will close all lanes of northbound I-55 and eastbound I-44 overnight between the I-44/I-55 interchange and the Poplar Street Bridge on Friday, October 13.

Crews will close:

  • Northbound I-55 at I-44 at 8 p.m. The detour will be marked.
  • I-44 at the exit to 7th and Park/Broadway at 8 p.m. The detour will be marked.
  • The ramp from 12th and Geyer to eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 at 7 p.m.
  • The ramp from northbound I-55 to Gravois at 7 p.m.
All lanes and ramps will reopen by 8 a.m. Saturday, October 14.

In addition, in southwest St. Louis County, crews will close the ramp from westbound I-44 to Route 141 overnight on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Drivers will exit at Bowles onto the North Outer Road to detour to Route 141.

For additional work zone information and real-time roadway weather conditions, go to http://traveler.modot.org/map. For real-time traffic, visit www.gatewayguide.com. All work is weather permitting and may be shifted due to inclement weather.


MoDOT to Close Lanes on Route 94 to Place Pedestrian Bridges for Great River Greenway's Centennial Greenway project
ST. CHARLES, MO, (SLFP.com), September 17, 2017, 2016 - Motorists traveling in St. Charles County on Route 94 should be aware of two overnight closures near Route 364 in the City of St. Charles starting next week.

Monday, September 18, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., crews will close all of the westbound lanes on Route 94 from the eastbound Route 364 loop ramp at Muegge Road to Heritage Crossing. On Tuesday, September 19, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., crews will close all of the eastbound lanes on Route 94 from Heritage Crossing to Portwest Drive.

During the closures, crews will place pedestrian bridges over Route 94 as part of Great River Greenway's Centennial Greenway project.

For additional work zone information and real-time roadway weather conditions, go to http://traveler.modot.org/map. For real-time traffic, visit www.gatewayguide.com. All work is weather permitting and may be shifted due to inclement weather.

Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:

  • I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 from the I-44/I-55 interchange to the Poplar Street Bridge until December.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed from the eastbound I-44 ramp to northbound I-55 until December.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed eastbound and westbound between Shrewsbury and Jamieson through December. The remaining lanes are narrowed and shifted.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, the ramp from Shrewsbury to eastbound I-44 is closed through December.
  • I-55, St. Louis City, the ramp from northbound I-55/westbound I-44 to eastbound I-64 at the Poplar Street Bridge will closed September 8 and will remain closed through February.
  • I-55, St. Louis City, the ramp from 8th Street/Marion to northbound I-55 is closed until December.
  • I-64, St. Louis City, two right lanes closed eastbound across the Poplar Street Bridge into Illinois until summer 2018.
  • Route 94, St. Charles County, the westbound ramp to eastbound Route 364 is narrowed through spring 2018.
  • Route AJ, Franklin County, one lane on the bridge over St. Johns Creek is closed.
MoDOT to Close EB I-44/NB I-55 Ramp to EB I-64 Through February
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 5, 2017, 2016 - 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.


Top 10 Biggest Impact Work Zones in St. Louis Region
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Motorists are feeling the impact on and around the Poplar Street Bridge downtown during the summer construction season.

"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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