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MoDOT has work planned this week that will close sections of the Poplar Street Bridge.
 
Crews will close the ramp from northbound Interstate 55 to the eastbound Poplar Street Bridge from 8 PM Wednesday until 5 AM Thursday. Then starting at 8 PM Thursday until 5 AM Friday, crews are closing the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the bridge.
 
On Wednesday night, commuters should use westbound I-70 to Salisbury Avenue, turn around on the bridge, and take eastbound I-70 to get onto the PSB.
 
On Thursday, drivers should detour southbound on I-55 to 7th Street, cross beneath the interstate, take a right on Marion Street, and then take northbound I-55 to get onto the PSB.
 
All work is weather permitting.
 
 
 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A downtown St. Louis bridge referred to by locals using its geographic designation has been renamed for a prominent area politician.

What locals call the Poplar Street Bridge was technically known as the Bernard F. Dickmann Bridge after a former St. Louis mayor. But the bridge spanning the Mississippi River and connecting St. Louis to Illinois will now be officially known as the Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge.

Clay is a former Democratic congressman and civil rights leader who was Missouri's first black congressman and spent more than three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He attended a Monday morning dedication ceremony along with Mayor Francis Slay, Gov. Jay Nixon and Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., the honoree's son.

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Friday, 06 September 2013 10:22

Area drivers should expect delays this weekend

Drivers in the St. Louis area may face delays this weekend. MoDOT has several closures planned for downtown as crews prepare to replace the driving surface on the Poplar Street Bridge. Lane closures will begin at 8 o'clock tonight be completed before 5 a.m. Monday. Closures will affect ramps from Interstate 70 and 64-40 to the Poplar Street Bridge, but before and after the Cardinals and Rams games there will be lanes open. Farther west, there will be a complete closure of westbound I-64 at the Boone Bridge on Saturday and Sunday. There will be no westbound access to St. Charles County using that route. Drivers will have to use the alternative river crossings at I-70, Route 364 or Route 370 to travel westbound into St. Charles.

 
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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:26

Closures set for Poplar Street Bridge this weekend

Drivers headed to the Cardinals games this weekend should be aware of some closures on I-64.

MoDOT will be closing lanes on 64 at the Poplar Street Bridge starting Friday night. Crews will reopen lanes for one hour before and after the Cardinals games to accommodate the additional traffic. Fans headed to the Rams game on Sunday will also be dealing with closures.

The closures are all part of the project to replace the driving surface on the Poplar Street Bridge.

Here is the work MoDOT is planning for this weekend in St. Louis City:

  • Friday, September 6, crews will be closing two left lanes on westbound I-64 at the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m.  At 12:01 Saturday, crews will close the left two lanes on eastbound I-64. At least one through lane on I-64 will remain open in both directions on the bridge and in the city. All lanes will reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Saturday, September 7, crews will close the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the Poplar Street Bridge at 12:01 a.m. Crews will reopen the ramp before the end of the Cardinal games on Saturday and Sunday. They will close the ramp one hour after the end of the Cardinal games on each day. The ramp will reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Saturday, September 7, crews will be shifting traffic on eastbound I-64 between Kingshighway and Boyle. Crews will close the two left lanes at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning. Crews will have at least two eastbound lanes open an hour before the start of Saturday’s game. Once the game starts, crews will close lanes again.  All lanes are projected to be reopened by 5 a.m. Sunday. When the lanes reopen all three through lanes of traffic will be shifted to the right.

 

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   Missouri Transportation officials say they will apply another temporary surface to Poplar Street Bridge.  

   Deanna Venker, MoDOT's area engineer for the city told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday that the paving work is expected to take two weekends and will begin after Labor Day.

   Even with the lane restrictions that come along with paving projects, the announcement should be good news for drivers, who've suffered all summer with pavement that's so bad, the metal surface of the bridge deck is exposed in several spots.  Venker says the exposed metal is a driving hazard because it becomes slippery in rain and snow. 

   Venker says the bridge surface is in such bad condition because crews have had trouble getting surface materials to stick to the metal box structure.  Officials hope the new pavement will last two to four years.  

   After the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opens, they expect to make more permanent repairs as part of a bridge widening project.  

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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.

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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.

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Several road and highway projects are set to begin this week along three heavily traveled areas.

MoDOT will close lanes on the Poplar Street Bridge this  morning starting at nine until 2:30 in the afternoon. One lane in each direction will be closed weekdays for the next three weeks for crews to inspect the bridge.

In St. Charles County, traffic along Interstate 64 will be slowed or stopped for periods of time this week so crews can blast rock near the Boone Bridge.  Officials will help stop traffic at the designated times starting Tuesday. Blasting times will vary each day. Traffic is expected to be stopped for a maximum of ten minutes.

Close by, Olive street road will be closing between Centaur and Chesterfield Airport Road.  St. Louis County tells KTRS News, Centaur will be closed for two weeks as a contractor installs a 90 foot-long storm drainage system near construction of one of two new outlet malls.  

Drivers are asked to use the southern routes of Eatherton, Wildhorse Creek Road, Long Road and Chesterfield Airport Road.

Look for electronic message boards which will list any changes.

 
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Several road and highway projects are set to begin this week along three heavily traveled areas.

MoDOT will close lanes on the Poplar Street Bridge this  morning starting at nine until 2:30 in the afternoon. One lane in each direction will be closed weekdays for the next three weeks for crews to inspect the bridge.

In St. Charles County, traffic along Interstate 64 will be slowed or stopped for periods of time this week so crews can blast rock near the Boone Bridge.  Officials will help stop traffic at the designated times starting Tuesday. Blasting times will vary each day. Traffic is expected to be stopped for a maximum of ten minutes.

Close by, Olive street road will be closing between Centaur and Chesterfield Airport Road.  St. Louis County tells KTRS News, Centaur will be closed for two weeks as a contractor installs a 90 foot-long storm drainage system near construction of one of two new outlet malls.  

Drivers are asked to use the southern routes of Eatherton, Wildhorse Creek Road, Long Road and Chesterfield Airport Road.

Look for electronic message boards which will list any changes.

 
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