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MoDOT Limiting Work Zones on Monday, August 21
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 17, 2017, 2016 -The Missouri Department of Transportation is limiting work zones this weekend and on Monday, August 21, to help manage the flow of traffic around the area due to Monday’s total solar eclipse.

Work zones with permanent lane closures, such as on eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 in St. Louis City and eastbound I-64 across the Mississippi River, will remain in place, and crews may work behind barrier wall.

Drivers who are heading to view the eclipse, or to eclipse events, are encouraged to leave early to get to the location where they are planning to view the eclipse. With a lot more traffic on the roadway, roadway incidents like crashes may significantly impact traffic flow and delay drivers. Once drivers get to the location, they are encouraged to stay in place and wait until well after the event or eclipse viewing is over to give traffic an opportunity to disperse after the eclipse.

For more information on traveling during the eclipse or other eclipse tips, please visit http://www.modot.org/Eclipse/

Crews will completely close northbound I-55 between Lafayette and the Poplar Street Bridge on Saturday, August 19 from 1 to 6 a.m. Crews will close two additional lanes (three total) on northbound I-55 in the same location on Friday, August 18 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. and from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday, August 19.

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

  • I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed westbound I-44/southbound I-55 from the Poplar Street Bridge to Park through mid-August.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed on the ramp from westbound Poplar Street Bridge to southbound I-55/westbound I-44 through mid-August.
  • I-44, St. Louis City, the ramp from 7th Street to westbound I-44 is closed through mid-August.
  • 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 Marion to northbound I-55 is closed until December.
  • I-64, St. Louis City, one lane closed eastbound across the Poplar Street Bridge into Illinois until summer 2018. Traffic will split around the lane closure. Traffic wanting to access Illinois Route 3 must use the right lane.
  • I-70, St. Louis City, the express lanes are closed from Union to Broadway until August 7.
  • I-270, St. Louis County, Big Bend over I-270 is closed until mid-August.
  • Route 94, St. Charles County, the westbound ramp to eastbound Route 364 is narrowed through spring 2018.
  • Route AJ, Franklin County, the bridge over St. Johns Creek is closed through late summer.
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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