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.
The Humane Society of Missouri's disaster response team in St. Louis is being called into action because of flooding in south central Missouri. A four-member team has taken a large animal rescue trailer to Waynesville to house up to 100 pets whose owners have nowhere to keep them until the flood waters recede.
The St. Louis shelter will also accept 15 dogs from the Waynesville shelter to make room for local pets displaced by flooding. The dogs will be made available for adoption in St. Louis.
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.