Drivers may still face delays along Interstate 70 near Lambert Airport while police work the scene of a fiery crash on an outer road.
Police say the accident on Natural Bridge at Woodson resulted from a police pursuit. About 2:00 a.m. a car evading a police stop plowed into a light standard and burst into flames.
Fox 2 News is reporting that a police officer was shot when emergency crews approached the burning car and tried to put out the fire. That officer was reportedly wearing a vest and wasn't seriously injured. Police had to back off until the gunfire subsided.
The car was completely destroyed in the fire. Someone inside that car apparently died, as the St. Louis County Medical Examiner was called to the scene.
Natural Bridge Road remains closed at Woodson. But all lanes of I-70 have reopened in both directions.
Work on the Park over the Highway is causing delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis today.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 have been closed overnight between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. The closure allowed crews to remove a retaining wall.
MoDOT officials say one lane alont eastbound I-70 had reopned before 5 a.m. Monday. The other lane will remain closed until about 3:00 p.m.
Drivers should expect days heading into the depressed section along eastbound I-70 most of the day.
More work on the Park Over the Highway project will mean detours and delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis this weekend.
Missouri transportation officials say Interstate 70 will be closed in the depressed section starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday. All lanes will be blocked in both directions between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. It's scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.
Drivers will need to use I-64 or surface streets to get around the closure.
A massive pile up on Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis today involved more than a dozen cars, but miraculously, no one was seriously hurt.
Shortly after 5 AM there were two separate accidents in the depressed section of the highway. The accidents involved several cars and a semi truck. Emergency crews were forced to shut down a section of the interstate to clear the wreckage. Police have not released an official cause of the crash.
But the roads were wet and there was fog in the area so those conditions could have played a role.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities continue to investigate two separate incidents in north St. Louis in which pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles.
The first happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when a person was struck on eastbound Interstate 70 near Salisbury Street. Lanes in both directions were closed for several hours after the accident. Police say the driver who struck the pedestrian was found. It wasn't clear if the driver would face charges.
In the second case, a man was struck by two cars as he was crossing Natural Bridge Avenue near Kingshighway just before midnight Tuesday. The drivers stopped and cooperated with authorities.
Names of the victims have not been released.
There's good news for I-70 drivers. The Blanchette Bridge is back to five lanes in each direction.
MoDOT reports that crews finished work well ahead of this morning's deadline, opening all lanes on both spans Saturday.
Transportation officials say drivers should expect occasional lane closures middays and overnight as crews finish work on the underside of the bridge structure.
The bulk of the work on the $64 million project has been completed two months ahead of schedule.
All lanes on I-70 over the Blanchette Bridge in St. Charles are expected to be open to motorists three months earlier than projected.
This (Friday) morning, Missouri Department of Transportation District Engineer Ed Hassinger and City of St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith announced the I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge rehabilitation project is ahead of schedule. The westbound I-70 bridge was closed November 2, 2012, for a maximum one year closure.
“We are pleased to announce today that our reconstruction work is progressing ahead of the one year schedule,” said MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer Ed Hassinger. “The contractor, Walsh Construction, is pushing to open the bridge to traffic before the city’s annual Festival of the Little Hills in mid-August. That goal would be nearly three months ahead of the original schedule.”
This week, Walsh Construction installed the last major piece of structural steel for the bridge. Since March, crews have installed approximately 2,200 pieces of steel for a total weight of 6.5 million pounds of steel in the truss and 1.5 million pounds of steel girders. Crews have begun pouring the concrete bridge deck. Despite extreme low river levels in the winter and flood levels in the spring, the contractor and team of local trades have continued on an aggressive schedule.
“Motorists have done a great job adjusting to the reduced lanes on I-70 at the Blanchette Bridge, and we appreciate their patience and cooperation,” said Hassinger. “We need people to continue using the alternate bridge crossings and avoiding I-70 during rush hours for a few more months.”
“We also want to thank the City of St. Charles for their team approach to this. Their cooperation and assistance with the local businesses has made this a smooth process for everyone,” said Hassinger.
St. Louis police say a bizarre case of road rage left a 43 year old man dead.
It began around noon yesterday, when a box truck apparently cut off a Lincoln Navigator on westbound Inerstate 70.
Police say the SUV followed the truck to the Union Blvd. exit, ramming the box truck several times. At the light at Margaretta and Union, the driver of the SUV got out of his vehicle and began hitting the truck with a hammer, striking the driver before jumping onto the truck's hood. When the truck turned onto Margaretta, the attacking man fell off and was injured.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police have not yet released his identity.
All of the street, bridge and interstate improvements planned for downtown St. Louis are on track to be finished on time. That was the message from Missouri and Illinois transportation engineers when they briefed the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday.
High water on the Mississippi River has caused some delays for crews building the new River Bridge, but project officials say the work continues and they still expect to finish by early next year.
Some of the other projects planned for downtown St. Louis over the next two years include the park that will cap the I-70 depressed lanes, new ramps connecting I-70 and I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge and a year-long resurfacing project on the MLK bridge.