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Expect Construction Delays on Poplar Street Bridge
EAST ST. LOUIS, IL, (SLFP.com), July 14, 2019 - The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 55/64 to southbound IL Route 3 will be closed beginning next week.
These closures are needed to perform critical repairs to the surface of the bridge that carries traffic from the Poplar Street Bridge to southbound IL Route 3 (Sauget). This ramp will be closed in the early morning hours of Monday, July 15, 2019, and is expected to be reopened by Monday, July 29, 2019. A marked detour utilizing Barack Obama Avenue will be in place during this closure period.
To facilitate the movement of traffic into Illinois, two lanes will be closed on the Poplar Street Bridge and Missouri roadways will be impacted as well. 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. Three lanes of interstate traffic will be maintained across the Poplar Street Bridge and through the IL Route 3 and Tudor Avenue ramp areas. Please see the attached maps to view lane configurations.
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 also 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.
Commuters can take advantage of more than 5,600 free parking spaces found at 10 MetroLink stations in Illinois. For commuters who live in Missouri, two good options include the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 Transit Center (located near Shrewsbury Ave. and I-44) and the Brentwood I-64 Transit Center (located near Brentwood Blvd. and I-64), which offer more than 1,700 free parking spaces and easy access to destinations in both Missouri and Illinois. For information about all of Metro Transit's free Park-Ride options, visit metrostlouis.org/park-and-ride.
"Lyndon's Law" Signed by Gov. Parson
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 14, 2019 - Missouri highway and utility workers and emergency responders will be safer as a result of legislation signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson.
House Bill 499, also known as "Lyndon's Law," authorizes the Missouri Department of Revenue to revoke the driver's license of anyone who hits a highway or utility worker in a work zone or an emergency responder in an emergency zone. Lyndon Ebker was a 30-year employee of the Missouri Department of Transportation when he was struck and killed in a Franklin County work zone by an inattentive motorist in 2016.
"On behalf of the MoDOT men and women who put their lives on the line every day to design, build, operate and maintain Missouri roads and bridges, IĠd like to thank the Missouri General Assembly for passing House Bill 499 and Gov. Parson for signing it into law," said Michael Pace, chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
This legislative proposal was a priority for MoDOT and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, he explained. "It's a fitting tribute to our fallen worker Lyndon Ebker, whose tragic death in the line of duty was the catalyst for this important change."
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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