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Two Westbound I-255 Lanes Across Mississippi Reopening Friday
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 16, 2019 - After receiving results from extensive laboratory tests, the Missouri Department of Transportation has determined that the westbound I-255 bridge across the Mississippi will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday morning.
Crews will reopen two of the lanes across the bridge by 5 a.m. Friday, May 17. The bridge can be repaired while under traffic, but all repairs are weather dependent. Any damp weather could impact the schedule. At this time, MoDOT anticipates being able to keep two lanes open westbound between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. weekdays, with at least one lane open the remainder of the time during repairs.
The bridge will be safe to travel upon when lanes open.
MoDOT will restrict oversize and overweight loads on the bridge until all needed repairs are complete.
Personnel and equipment from both MoDOT and IDOT as well as two private companies will continue to work on the bridge to make all needed repairs.
MoDOT continues to coordinate with various partners, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, emergency responders, and local construction teams to get the bridge open to traffic as soon as safely possible.
Lanes Under I-44 Closed at the Tower Grove Bridge
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 7, 2019 - City drivers who use Tower Grove under I-44 will need to find an alternate route for a month.
Crews will close Tower Grove under I-44 starting at 9 a.m. Monday, April 29, to rehabilitate the I-44 bridge over the roadway. The work was delayed due to expected rain this week.
Tower Grove will reopen in a month. Drivers can use Vandeventer or Grand as alternate routes during the month-long closure. For pedestrians and cyclists, 39th Street under the interstate will reopen before Tower Grove closes.
For more on roadway closures due to construction, additional work zone information and real-time roadway weather conditions (including flood closures) 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 Begins Work on I-44 Bridges
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Crews have started the second year of a construction project to update several bridges on I-44 in St. Louis City between Kingshighway and Grand.
This work replaces interstate bridges at Kingshighway, Thurman and 39th Street and rehabilitates interstate bridges over Vandeventer, Tower Grove and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
Two lanes on westbound I-44 have closed and the remaining two lanes have been shifted onto the eastbound interstate. The Vandeventer ramp to westbound I-44 and the Grand ramp to westbound I-44 has also been closed. There are now three eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes on the interstate through the end of the year. The Vandeventer ramp to westbound I-44 will also remain closed for the remainder of the year; the Grand ramp to westbound I-44 is scheduled to reopen in three months.
Crews will work on the westbound bridges this year. Details on specific lane closures on the roads under the bridges will be shared as they become available. Crews will put a new driving surface on I-44 in this area in spring 2020, once the bridge construction is complete.
People using I-44 for their commute should consider using I-64 or I-70, taking Metro, using ridesharing or carpooling, or allowing themselves extra time as this construction work restarts.
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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