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.
There could be delays on a stretch of Highway 40 starting this weekend.
MoDOT crews plan a lane shift this weekend near Kingshighway. The workers will also be closing one or two lanes between 6 AM and 3 PM on Satuday between Tower Grove and Kingshighway. After the lanes reopen, westbound lanes will split around the workzone.
Any westbound drivers looking to exit at Kingshighway will have to use the right two lanes, the left lane will have no access to the exit ramp.
All three westbound through lanes will remain open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. At least one westbound lane will remain open evenings and weekends, MoDOT says.
MoDOT has issued a traffic advisory for part of Interstate 70 in St. Charles County Tuesday night.
Two of four westbound lanes between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Highway 79 are closed for construction until 5 a.m.
Crews will be paving a new westbound ramp and the new fifth lane of westbound I-70 as part of the diverging diamond interchange.
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.
MoDOT is planning emergency work on I-70 in the coming weeks.
The weekend of August 9-11, crews will close all lanes of northbound of Route 141 at I-70. MoDOT needs to repair a bridge at that location after a truck hit it in late June. The lanes will closes at 8 Friday night and reopen by that Monday morning rush.
There is a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Sunday. Concertgoers will not be able to access westbound I-70 from Earth City Expressway after the concert.
The closure was scheduled for this weekend, but had to be rescheduled because of the rainy forecast.
The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge at St. Louis has passed a major milestone with the final piece of the deck in place.
Workers placed a 30,000-pound floor beam between edge girders on the Mississippi River crossing, the last remaining 10-foot gap on the bridge. MoDOT said it was the last piece of structural steel for the bridge, which is expected to open early next year. Remaining work includes finishing approaches on both sides of the river, and some work on the bridge itself.
The $670 million bridge is being built with a combination of federal money and funds from Missouri and Illinois.
MoDOT is asking for public input as they start the next phase of planning for Interstate 270 in North County.
They are hosting a meeting to gather information from people who travel on I-270. The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Student Center on campus of the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Rd.
The meeting is part of the 270 North Environmental Assessment, an ongoing study addressing congestion, safety, and aging infrastructure on 270.
A major milestone on construction of the New Mississippi River Bridge is set to take place this week.
MoDOT announced that the gap between the two sides will be closed. This final pieces of steel will be moved into place on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting. The public can view the work from the pumphouse alongside the river, near the Mullanphy entrance to the river wall.
MoDOT has chosen a company to build the pedestrian lid over I-70 downtown. The Park Over the Highway project has been awarded to KCI Construction Company, who put in a winning bid of $26.4 million. It was the lowest of six bids submitted for the project, which will connect the Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis. Construction is expected to begin in August, and is a scheduled to be completed by July 2015. Construction will start near the Martin Luther King Bridge, then move to Walnut Street.
MoDOT is set to close a ramp from eastbound 64 in downtown this week.
The ramp to Jefferson Avenue will close for three weeks starting at midnight on Thursday. Crews will be working to connect a new ramp to both the highway and Jefferson.
While the ramp is closed, drivers can take the Grand exit from eastbound I-64, turn left on Chouteau and right on Jefferson, or take the 14th Street exit from eastbound I-64, turn right on Chouteau and left on Jefferson.