St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Drivers will want to avoid the eastbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge through Friday afternoon and evening.
MoDOT crews have closed three of the eastbound lanes as well as both ramps from Fifth Street onto eastbound 70 for emergency joint repair. Officials expect to have the lanes reopened by 10 tonight.
MoDOT is advising drivers to use 64, Route 364, and Route 370 as alternates.
Drivers in Madison County should allow extra time for their travels Saturday if they use Interstate 270.
Starting at 5:30 AM, all westbound lanes of I-270 will be closed between Interstate 55/70 and Illinois Rte. 157. Crews will be replacing a damaged beam in the Meridian Road Bridge.
A detour is marked directing drivers to use I-55/70 west to I-255 north.
Transportation officials say the interstate should reopen by 9 PM Saturday.
All lanes of Interstate 70 have reopened after a water main break near Jennings Station Road caused a large sink hole to form Wednesday afternoon.
Traffic on westbound I-70 was down to one lane through rush hour and much of the evening.
Missouri American Water crews worked well into the night to fill the hole, re-pave the road and reroute water to local customers.
Water Company Spokesperson Ann Dettmer says the 12 inch line broke because it was old and overused. Dettmer says as the ground dries up, it doesn't provide as much support.
Engineers will consider whether to replace the main or reroute water service around it permanently.
A traffic note for the upcoming weekend. MoDOT plans to close the ramp from eastbound 64 to Vandeventer on Saturday morning at 6 AM.
The closure is part of the Tower Grove Project that will build a full interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and replace four bridges over the interstate. The ramp will remain closed until spring of next year.
MoDOT is preparing to open a highway exit ramp after wrapping up a project.
The ramp from eastbound I-64 to Jefferson Avenue is slated to open sometime this afternoon. The right lane on eastbound 64 will remain exit only at Jefferson until the middle of next month when shoulder work is completed.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has suspended non-emergency roadwork to help keep traffic moving over the July Fourth holiday weekend, the most heavily traveled summer holiday.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says the halt to construction began Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Sunday.
Thousands of motorists are expected to travel on state roadways during the holiday period.
Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says the construction freeze will also improve safety.
Motorists planning their trips will be able to see a list of construction-related lane closures on the department's website.
It is also reminding drivers that work zone speed limits remain in effect even when workers are not present.
A quick traffic note. IDOT will close the McKinley Bridge this weekend.
Crews will close the bridge starting Friday at 10 PM. They will be cleaning the bridge's driving surface and applying a deck sealant. All work should be complete by 5 AM on Monday.
Traffic pain is on the way for some West County residents next month.
MoDOT will be closing one lane on Route 109 nightly starting the week of July 15. Crews will start the closures at 9 PM each night while the resurface the road between 44 and Route 100.
The work is scheduled to run into the fall and MoDOT encourages drivers to start looking for alternate routes now to be prepared for the closures.
Flooding is forcing the Illinois Department of Transportation to postpone planned work on the McKinley Bridge.
The original closure was scheduled to start tonight and run through the weekend, but the water is to high to complete the work safely. IDOT says the new start date is June 28, weather permitting.