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I-44, I-55 Closures May Impede Traffic This Weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 8, 2017, 2016 - People heading to the Taste of Downtown at Kiener Plaza or Father's Day events in St. Louis City should consider taking Metro or allowing themselves extra time as MoDOT will close more than two miles of westbound I-44 in the city this weekend.
During the closure, crews will be removing and replacing pavement at the bottom of the Poplar Street bridge ramp to westbound I-44 /southbound I-55 and replacing joints along the bridge over 3rd Street.
Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, June 16, MoDOT will close:
Drivers will only be able to continue on I-70 to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge or exit to Tucker.
- All lanes of westbound I-44 at the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to the Poplar Street Bridge;
- All lanes of westbound I-44 and southbound I-55 from the Poplar Street Bridge to the I-44/I-55 split.
In addition, the following will close at 7 p.m. Friday, June 16:
To detour from the westbound PSB to southbound I-55/westbound I-44, drivers should continue on I-64 and exit at 21st Street/Market. Then take Market to Jefferson and Jefferson south to the I-44 interchange.
- The I-70 express lanes.
- The ramp from Washington Avenue to westbound I-44.
- The South Memorial Drive ramp to westbound I-44/southbound I-55.
- The ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to southbound I-55/westbound I-44.
- The ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to Walnut/eastbound I-44.
All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday morning.
To detour from I-70/westbound I-44, drivers should take Tucker to Lafayette to the I-55/I-44 interchange.
Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:
MoDOT Has Closed Big Bend Bridge Over I-270
- I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed westbound I-44/southbound I-55 from the Poplar Street Bridge to Park through July.
- I-44, St. Louis City, one lane closed on the ramp from westbound Poplar Street Bridge to southbound I-55/westbound I-44 through July.
- I-44, St. Louis City, the ramp from 7th Street to westbound I-44 is closed through July.
- 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 is closed until December.
- I-64, St. Louis City, one lane closed eastbound across the Poplar Street Bridge into Illinois until summer 2018.
- I-44, St. Louis County, the connection between the north outer road and northbound and southbound Route 141 is closed until summer 2017. Drivers can detour by using South Highway Drive, Maritz Drive and the North Highway Drive.
- I-270, St. Louis County, Big Bend over the interstate is closed until mid-August.
- Route 94, St. Charles County, the westbound ramp to eastbound Route 364 is narrowed through spring 2018.
- Route N, St. Charles County, all lanes closed from Dardenne Farms through Colonial Green through July.
- Route AJ, Franklin County, the bridge over St. Johns Creek is closed through late summer.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 8, 2017, 2016 - The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, St. Louis Bridge, has closed the Big Bend bridge over over I-270 next week.
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.
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:
St Louis County:
- 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.
- 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.
St. Charles 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
"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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