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.
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.
Regional planners are looking for a more efficient way to get riders to work and back.
The St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study is an examination of bus-based rapid transit services in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. The project will analyze four possible corridors and pick the two most likely to meet the study's goals, then advance for federal funding.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Metro Transit, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council and the Missouri Department of Transportation are behind the push.
Public meetings will be held in September 2013 to gather public input on two final, recommended projects to be advanced into competition for Federal funding. The same meeting will be repeated at three locations along the proposed routes.
September 10, 2013
11a-1pm, open house with presentation at noon
City of St. Louis City Hall, 2nd floor
1200 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
September 11, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m., open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The Heights (City of Richmond Heights Community Center)
8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
September 12, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m., open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Campus, Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room
3400 Pershall Road, Ferguson, MO 63135
They're also soliciting comments online.
Kansas City and other U.S. cities have launched successful bus rapid transit lines that provide more regular point-to-point service at a fraction of the cost of light-rail or commuter trains.
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.
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.
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.
Despite opening three westbound lanes on the Blanchette Bridge earlier today, MODOT wants to remind drivers that work continues on the bridge complex.
Some median work as well as painting of the overhead trusses is still to be completed. Tonight, the two left lanes of westbound I-70 will be closed and there will be lane closures eastbound as well.
If you are planning to go to St. Charles for the Festival of The Little Hills this weekend, MODOT encourages using 370 and 364 as alternate routes.
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 encouraging drivers to avoid I-70 at the Blanchette Bridge for the next three nights.
Crews are working to get westbound traffic switched over to the rehabilitated westbound span of the bridge. The change will force the closure of several lanes and ramps in the coming days. Motorists are advised to avoid I-70 and use Route 370 or Route 364 as alternates to traveling in this area.
Traffic should be switched to the new bridge span by Friday.
A list of closures is below:
Tuesday, August 13, only one lane will be open on westbound I-70 and two lanes open eastbound I-70 at the Blanchette Bridge from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
On Wednesday, August 14, only two lanes will be open westbound I-70 from Route 141/Earth City Expressway to the Blanchette Bridge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. All four ramps connecting westbound I-70 to Earth City Expressway will also be closed overnight.
On Thursday, August 15, only one lane will be open westbound I-70 at the Blanchette Bridge from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The goal is to have three lanes plus an exit only lane open on the westbound Blanchette Bridge by sometime Friday.
Flooding closed Interstate 44 at mile marker 172 near the city of Jerome early Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday night it was still closed, but MoDOT officials say it could reopen Thursday morning.
In addition, Missouri Route 63 is now closed in two locations - south of Vienna in Maries County and at Westphalia in Osage County - further complicating detour routes.
Motorists are encouraged to use U.S. 60, I-70 or U.S. 36 as alternate routes. This is especially important for commercial motor vehicle traffic approaching Missouri from other states.
Motorists traveling on Route 63 to destinations south of Vienna should take U.S. 50 to Route 28 to U.S. 63. Those traveling to areas north of Vienna should use Routes U and E to get around the closure.
National Weather Service predictions indicate water will overtake the lanes of U.S. 50 at Mount Sterling by mid-morning on Thursday, making travel in the area even more difficult.
“We don’t know for certain when flooded roadways will reopen or what additional flooding might occur,” said Travis Koestner, assistant district engineer of MoDOT’s Central District. “We appreciate motorists' patience as we monitor these roadways and ask motorists not to drive around barricades or attempt to drive through water.”
When the water recedes, MoDOT will inspect pavement and bridges for safety before opening highways for public use.