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MoDOT to Close Left Lane, Shoulder on WB I-64 Between Kinghighway, Hampton for Unknown Length of Time
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 20, 2019 - Drivers heading into and out of St. Louis on Interstate 64 should consider alternate routes or expect delays as crews will keep the left lane and shoulder on westbound I-64 between Kingshighway and Hampton closed for at least two weeks.

After further investigation, crews have discovered that a leaky drainage pipe had eroded most of the dirt from under the shoulder and much of the left-most lane of the westbound interstate. This left an open space under the roadway, causing portions of the roadway to start to sink.

Crews will need to excavate the remaining earth from the left lane and shoulder, repair the pipe, refill the area and replace the pavement on the left lane and shoulder.

At this time, repairs are expected to take two weeks, but that may change after excavating the roadway and determining the extent of the repairs needed for the pipe.

This lane closure will significantly impact both the morning and evening rush periods. Roughly 70,000 vehicles use westbound I-64 in this area.


Major Rehabilitation for I-255 Begins in Early 2020
COLLINSVILLE, IL, (SLFP.com), October 13, 2019 - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that one of its first projects under the Rebuild Illinois capital plan will be a complete overhaul of a crumbling section of Interstate 255 early in 2020.

Because the road has deteriorated so badly, the rebuilding effort will require a full closure of seven miles, in two separate sections, over 10 months, allowing the project to be finished more quickly, safely and with fewer taxpayer dollars.

"As Metro East drivers know too well, I-255 was neglected for far too long - and repairing it is a massive undertaking that IDOT will complete as quickly and safely as possible for those who rely on this roadway," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "As one of the first projects of the historic bipartisan 'Rebuild Illinois' effort, this is also one of the worst roads in the system today. We'll be holding public meetings to keep residents informed of the plan and our progress. We look forward to a day when people feel good about driving on I-255 again."

By closing I-255, the project will be completed in 10 months instead of four years that would be necessary if construction was staged. Additionally, the project will cost $64 million, or about $14 million less in taxpayer dollars than completing the work in multiple phases. Closing the interstate also reduces the safety risk to workers and motorists by eliminating live traffic moving through an active construction site.

The project consists of rehabilitating and resurfacing approximately 7 miles of I-255 from Collinsville Road to Illinois 15 in two sections separated by Interstate 64, with significant bridge repairs, safety improvements and drainage upgrades. Work will start on the northern section in the first months of the year with a full closure of I-255 in both directions between I-64 and Collinsville Road for approximately five months.

Once the section north of Interstate 64 is finished, construction will shift to the section between I-64 and Illinois 15, again requiring a full closure of the work zone in both directions for approximately five months. The entire project wraps up in late fall.

To inform the public about the project and potential alternative routes during construction, IDOT will be hosting three public meetings:

  • Oct. 22, Clyde C. Jordan Center, 6755 Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, East St. Louis, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 7, Wirth/Parks Middle School, 1900 Mousette Lane, Cahokia, 4 to 7 p.m.
Clark Bridge at Alton, IL
Visitors and residents heading into Alton, IL on U.S. 67, will encounter heavy traffic beginning Monday, September 9, as the Clark Bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction for bridge repairs lasting until mid-November.

Clark Bridge Repairs to Last Until Mid-November
ALTON, IL, (SLFP.com), September 8, 2019 - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced that the Clark Bridge on US 67, across the Mississippi River between West Alton, Missouri and Alton, Illinois, will be restricted to one lane in each direction beginning Monday, September 9, 2019, weather permitting.

This work is necessary to perform bridge repairs and is expected to be completed by mid-November of this year.

Drivers may experience delays and are asked to use alternate routes during this time. Drivers are urged to reduce speed, be alert for changing conditions, obey all construction signage, and refrain from using mobile devices while approaching and traveling through the work zone.

The contractor on this project is Keeley & Sons, Inc. of East St. Louis, Illinois.


Clark Bridge Repairs to Last Until Mid-November
The Clark Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge across the Mississippi River between West Alton, Missouri and Alton, Illinois.
History of Clark Bridge:
The Clark Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge named after explorer William Clark, opened in 1994. It carries U.S. Route 67 across the river. It is the northernmost river crossing in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The $85 million, 108-foot-wide bridge replaced the old Clark Bridge, which was only 20 ft wide. The truss bridge was built in 1928. The new bridge carries two lanes of divided traffic in each direction, as well as two bike lanes. The old bridge carried only two lanes (similar to the upstream Champ Clark Bridge).

The Clark Bridge was the first in the United States in which "such a light steel-framed cable-stayed design was combined with a cable saddle type of pylon". The bridge used 8,100 tons of structural steel; 44,100 cubic yards of concrete; and more than 160 miles of cable wrapped with four acres of yellow plastic piping.


For IDOT District 8 updates, motorists can follow on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict8 or view area construction details on IDOT's traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.


MoDOT Now Offering Apprenticeship Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 3, 2019 - Individuals looking for a career in maintenance with the Missouri Department of Transportation can now take advantage of an apprenticeship program that provides maintenance employees with on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction, all while earning a paycheck. The program is also available to current MoDOT employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor-Missouri Office of Apprenticeship recently recognized MoDOT's existing employee training programs as meeting the requirements for the federal apprenticeship program.

"The good news for all employees, both current and new hires, is that they will earn a Completion of Registered Apprenticeship certificate provided by the U.S. Department of Labor once they finish the program," said Natalie Roark, MoDOT's state maintenance director. "These certificates are nationally recognized credentials that validate proficiency in an apprenticeship occupation."

In the future, Roark said, MoDOT maintenance employees may have the potential to earn college credit for training provided to them on the job. MoDOT has begun to explore partnerships with community colleges throughout the state to structure a program to provide college credit based on its existing training curriculum. In addition, veterans who qualify for GI Bill benefits and are enrolled in the apprenticeship program may receive a monthly stipend in addition to their MoDOT wages. The stipend is paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

"This new program provides an additional recruitment and retention tool for us," said Brandon Anderson, MoDOT senior employee development specialist. "We're pleased to be able to offer it to both potential and current employees." New employees can sign up for the apprenticeship program upon completion of a six-month probationary period. The program is available for those with both veteran and non-veteran status.


MLK Bridge to Close August 21 for Repairs
The Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of Laclede's Landing, will be closed through early fall of 2019.
Martin Luther King Bridge Closed Until 2020
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 2020.

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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