Another interstate closure will delay drivers in the metro-east this weekend.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down westbound Interstate 55/70 between IL Rte. 203 and the I-64 merge starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday.
Eastbound Interstate 64 will remain closed this weekend between 25th Street the split.
Detours using Interstate 255 will be marked.
Both closures are related to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River. Both highways should reopen by Monday morning; Westbound I-55/70 by 5:00 a.m.. Eastbound I-64 by 9:00 a.m.
Monday is the first morning commute since Illinois transportation crews closed a key stretch of Interstate 64.
All lanes of eastbound I-64 are closed between the I-55/70 split and 25th Street. And it's scheduled to remain closed until next Monday morning (Sept. 23).
The closure will allow crews to build connections to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. IDOT reports that the new bridge across the Mississippi River is on track to open early next year (2014).
Construction will cause delays for Interstate 64 drivers in Chesterfield Valley overnight Saturday. Crews will be setting bridge girders for the new ramp from Chesterfield Airport Road to westbound I-64.
Transportation officials say lane closures will start in the eastbound direction at 8:00 p.m. Saturday. And then move to the westbound lanes. The highway will be narrowed to just one lane to allow crews to work. All traffic will be halted for 15 minute intervals while the bridge girders are set into place.
All lanes should be open by 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
The next phase of work on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will require a heavily traveled interstate to be shut down for more than a week.
At 9 p.m. Friday, Illinois transportation crews plan to close eastbound I-64 from the I-55/70 split to 18th Street. It's expected to remain closed until 9 a.m. on Monday, September 23rd.
IDOT officials say the closure is necessary so that crews can build ramps to the new bridge, and drivers should expect long delays until the work is done.
The primary detour is eastbound on I-55/70 to I-255 south, which will add five-to-ten minutes during off-peak hours. Drivers who can avoid the area over the next nine days are advised to do so.
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Fred Weber Inc., will shift traffic on both eastbound and westbound I-64 at Tower Grove next week, weather permitting.
Starting Monday, crews will close up to two lanes on eastbound I-64 from Kingshighway to Tower Grove from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.
When the lanes reopen, drivers will have three through lanes on eastbound I-64, but those lanes will be split around a work zone. One right lane will be moved onto new pavement. The two left lanes will remain where they are, and crews will be working behind barriers in the middle of the interstate.
On Tuesday, crews will close up to two lanes on westbound I-64 from Tower Grove to Kingshighway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.
When the lanes reopen, all three lanes will be shifted to the far right, as crews work in the center of the interstate.
MoDOT will keep three through lanes open in each direction through the project weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. At least one lane in each direction will remain open evenings and weekends.
The Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard bridge over Interstate 64/US 40 is open again. The highway overpass reopened Wednesday evening.
MoDOT had closed the bridge in July so that crews could raise it to allow more clearance for high profile vehicles traveling on I-64.
The ramp from Spirit to eastbound I-64 has also reopened.
All lanes are cleared following a serious accident in the west end of St. Louis city.
All lanes were initially blocked on westbound I-64 just west of Boyle early Monday morning . No word on injuries.
Heads up for drivers heading into and out of downtown this weekend. I-64 will be closed in both directions between Jefferson Avenue and Hampton starting at 8pm Friday night.
The Jefferson Avenue bridge over the highway will also close at 1 am Friday, as MoDOT crews work to remove the bridge and replace it.
The Jefferson Avenue bridge is more than 50-years old. It will be replaced with a wider, more well-lit bridge with wider sidewalks and bike lanes.
Eastbound traffic along Highway 40 will be forced to exit at Hampton Avenue and take I-44 into the city.
Westbound traffic will be diverted onto the 2100 Market Street exit and then onto Forest Park Parkway.
All ramps and lanes are schedule to be opened by 5am Monday. And don't worry about the weather: MoDOT says the work will be done rain or shine.
MoDOT is closing all lanes of I-64/Highway 40 in both directions between Hampton and the Forest Park Avenue/Grand Ave Exit (Exit 38A) starting at 8 p.m. tonight, (Friday) March 29. The lanes will reopen by 3 a.m. on Monday.
There will be blasting tomorrow morning at 7am and 8am. Crews will be relocating several utilities underneath the roadway.
It's all part of a project to replace four bridges over the highway and to construct a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle.
MODOT's Drew Gates says. the detour for traffic heading west, you're going to take Forest Park Avenue till you get to Kingshighway, take Kingshighway, left on Kingshighway, and then get back on westbound 64. if you're going east from St. Louis County to downtown, your detour will be to take Hampton down to 44 and then just follow 44 all the way back up to the Poplar Street Bridge. "
While the interstate is closed, crews will relocate several utilities under the roadway as part of a project to construct a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and replace four bridges over the interstate. The ramps from McCausland/Skinker, Hampton and Kingshighway to eastbound I-64 will be closed during this time. In addition, the ramps from Pine, Jefferson, Market and Grand to westbound I-64 will be closed during this time.
Crews will reopen the interstate and all ramps by 3 a.m. Monday, April 1.
The detour for westbound I-64 will be to get off the interstate at the Forest Park Avenue exit (exit 38A) and follow Forest Park Avenue to Kingshighway. After turning left onto Kingshighway, drivers will follow Kingshighway back to the interstate. The detour for eastbound I-64 will be to get off the interstate at the Hampton Avenue exit (exit 34B), turn right on Hampton and follow it to eastbound Interstate 44. Drivers can then take I-44 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Detour maps are available on-line at http://tinyurl.com/i64detour0113
Washington University in St. Louis and BJC HealthCare have partnered with the department on the project. Construction is expected to continue until July 2014.