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.
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.