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Closures are scheduled for multiple interstates in downtown St. Louis later this week.
The first closures start Thursday evening at 7 PM. Crews will close two left lanes on westbound 70 from Biddle to Branch, but they should reopen by Friday morning rush. Ramps from the MLK Bridge and Biddle will also close at 7 PM Thursday and will open by the Saturday morning.
· Friday, September 20: Crews will be closing the two right lanes on westbound Poplar Street Bridge starting at 8 p.m. At 12:01 Saturday, crews will close the right two lanes on the eastbound PSB. All PSB lanes are projected to reopen before 5 a.m. Monday.
· Saturday, September 21, after 12:01 a.m. crews will periodically close either the ramp from eastbound I-70 to the Poplar Street Bridge or the ramp from northbound I-55 to the Poplar Street Bridge. Neither ramp will be closed at the same time. Both ramps will be open by 5 a.m. Monday.
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.
The St. Louis CVC wants to inform the public of new lanes closures for tomorrow night's game.
The Broadway exits from eastbound 70 will close 2 hours 45 minutes before the game and one hour after the game ends. Broadway will also close between Cole and Convention Plaza 2 and a half hours before the game and for 1 hour after the game.
Another reminder, the NFL implemented a new clear bag policy.
Portion of Broadway to Close for 2013 Rams Games
Broadway exits off I-70 Eastbound will be closed to traffic beginning 2 hours and 45 minutes prior to game time and 1 hour after the conclusion of the game.
Broadway between Cole Street and Convention Plaza will close 2 ½ hours prior to game time and 1 hour after the conclusion of the game.
I-70 Eastbound traffic headed downtown will exit at Pine.
To access the Lumiere Casino complex, from Pine make a right turn on 4th Street, proceed to Carr and turn right.
To access parking North of the Edward Jones Dome, from Pine make a right turn on 4th Street, proceed to Cass and turn left.
Drop-off along Broadway for guests with disabilities will be available by exiting at Pine and then making a right turn on 4th Street, proceed to Biddle and turn left, continue to Broadway and turn left, continue to the intersection of Broadway and Cole where security personnel will assist you.
Please note that this portion of Broadway is being closed in addition to the closures that normally occur 4 hours prior to game time around the perimeter of the Edward Jones Dome on Cole Street and Convention Plaza.
New 2013 Bag Policy
Beginning with preseason games, all NFL teams will implement a new NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums. The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined below are the bags or packages that are permissible:
Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”x6”x12.”
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap, no larger than 4.5”x6.5.”
An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at any gate.
If you have any questions regarding the new public safety measures, please contact the Rams at 314-RAMS-TIX option 4.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid Route 141 in Town and Country for the next few nights.
MoDOT is closing one lane of 141 at the Interstate 64 interchange. The road will close at 8 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights and should reopen by six each morning. Delays are expected during the closures.
Baseball fans who plan to go downtown for today's opening day festivities may find their usual route to Busch Stadium blocked. St. Louis Police are advising revelers to leave early because of road changes and closures due to construction of Ballpark Village.
- 8th Street is now a two-way street between Clark and Market with two north and southbound lanes.
- Temporary stop signs are currently in place at the intersections of 8th Street and Clark, as well as 8th Street and Walnut.
- Walnut is now a two-way street between 8th Street and Broadway, with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.
- 7th Street is no longer in existence.
Pedestrians should also note that the pedestrian bridge between the Stadium West garage and the ballpark has been removed.
Those choosing to drive are urged to “park smart” — park in well-lit, populated areas, concealing valuables by placing them in compartments or in the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival. The department strongly encourages citizens to leave firearms at home. Events such as baseball games are no place for firearms, as they are not allowed inside Busch Stadium and leaving them in a vehicle creates opportunity for criminals. Don’t let your legal firearm become an illegal firearm.
Event-goers are also advised to remain aware of their surroundings and if choosing to consume alcohol, are urged to drink responsibly. Criminals often target those who appear to be most vulnerable, including those who might be intoxicated.
There will be a significant law enforcement presence in all areas surrounding Downtown and Busch Stadium. We strongly encourage anyone who sees criminal or suspicious activity to alert a nearby officer or dial 9-1-1.
Over 20,000 runners will be downtown this weekend for the Go! St. Louis Marathon events and that means road closures.
On 64/40, MoDOT will close several ramps including westbound ramps to Forest Park, Market, and 21 st Street--those ramps will close at 5AM on Sunday and reopen by 3PM. Eastbound closures include ramps to Market and Chestnut. Those closures will last from 5AM until around 3PM.
Here are other road closures:
Market between Tucker and 18th St. will be closed 4:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The stretch between Tucker and Broadway will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Pine St. from Tucker to 14th will be closed from midnight Sunday to 5 p.m.
13th St. from Market to Pine will be closed between midnight and 5 p.m.
Forest Park between Compton and Union will be closed between 7:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Vandeventer will be closed between Forest Park and Lindell from 7:15 a.m to 1 p.m.
There will be no southbound travel on Union from Delmar to Lindell between 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
There will be no eastbound travel on Delmar between Skinker and Union from 8:25 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Several accident forced Illinois officials to close the eastbound span of the Jefferson Barracks Wednesday evening. Several cars had slid into the guard rail.
Missouri State troopers closed a portion of Highway 21 in Jefferson County after slick roads caused a multi-vehicle accident along 21 near Schenk Road.
Also, Highway 61 was closed at Wilson Road, about 10 miles north Troy, Missouri after several vehicles slid off the road, some overturning.
The National Weather Services issued a special weather statement Wednesday evening advising drivers to use extra caution, especially on bridges and untreated roadways.