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   Work on the Park over the Highway is causing delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis today.  

   The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 have been closed overnight between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge.  The closure allowed crews to remove a retaining wall.  

   MoDOT officials say one lane alont eastbound I-70 had reopned before 5 a.m. Monday.  The other lane will remain closed until about 3:00 p.m.  

   Drivers should expect days heading into the depressed section along eastbound I-70 most of the day. 

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:57

I-70 in downtown STL to close for weekend

   More work on the Park Over the Highway project will mean detours and delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis this weekend.  

   Missouri transportation officials say Interstate 70 will be closed in the depressed section starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday.  All lanes will be blocked in both directions between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge.  It's scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.  

   Drivers will need to use I-64 or surface streets to get around the closure. 

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   St. Charles County drivers can expect delays this week near Mid Rivers Mall.  

   The bridge carrying Mid Rivers Mall Bridge over Interstate 70 closed at 11:00 p.m. Monday for paving operations.  Missouri Transportation officials say it will be closed until Wednesday evening.  

   The work is part of the diverging diamond interchange being built to ease congestion at I-70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

   MoDOT officials say more road closures are planned for the last week of October.

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   Another interstate closure will delay drivers in the metro-east this weekend.  

   The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down westbound Interstate 55/70 between IL Rte. 203 and the I-64 merge starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday.  

   Eastbound Interstate 64 will remain closed this weekend between 25th Street the split.  

   Detours using Interstate 255 will be marked.  

   Both closures are related to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.  Both highways should reopen by Monday morning; Westbound I-55/70 by 5:00 a.m.. Eastbound I-64 by 9:00 a.m.

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   They're charming, and rough on feet and car suspensions.  But thanks to block grants and federal stimulus dollars, the cobbled streets of Laclede's Landing are getting a facelift.  

   John Clark, president of the Laclede Landing Community Improvement District spoke with Fox 2 News about the project that he says is long overdue.  "Everybody that's ever been down here knows it's a mess," Clark said.  He called the uneven pavers "a tripping hazard and hard on the shocks on your car."

   The cobblestones aren't going away.  They'll be dug up and relayed on top of a new base, making for a smoother road, with better drainage.  Clark says that new base will be a big improvement over what engineers say is currently under the streets.  "They found everything from railroad ties, to broken bottles, to cinders, to coal, and so, with that, that's the reason the cobblestones have become so uneven," he said.

   Additional sidewalk and curb improvements will bring the Landing into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

   "It's going to be a straight shot from doorstep on one side of the street to doorstep on the other side of the street."  Clark said, "It will have much more the feel of a promenade, than a street and sidewalk."

   The Landing District will pay 20 percent of the project's $1.4 million cost. Clark calls that an investment in the Landing's future.

 

 

 

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   Monday is the first morning commute since Illinois transportation crews closed a key stretch of Interstate 64.  

   All lanes of eastbound I-64 are closed between the I-55/70 split and 25th Street.  And it's scheduled to remain closed until next Monday morning (Sept. 23).  

   The closure will allow crews to build connections to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.  IDOT reports that the new bridge across the Mississippi River is on track to open early next year (2014).

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   Construction will cause delays for Interstate 64 drivers in Chesterfield Valley overnight Saturday.  Crews will be setting bridge girders for the new ramp from Chesterfield Airport Road to westbound I-64.  

   Transportation officials say lane closures will start in the eastbound direction at 8:00 p.m. Saturday.  And then move to the westbound lanes. The highway will be narrowed to just one lane to allow crews to work.  All traffic will be halted for 15 minute intervals while the bridge girders are set into place.  

   All lanes should be open by 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

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   The next phase of work on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will require a heavily traveled interstate to be shut down for more than a week.  

   At 9 p.m. Friday, Illinois transportation crews plan to close eastbound I-64 from the I-55/70 split to 18th Street.  It's expected to remain closed until 9 a.m. on Monday, September 23rd.  

   IDOT officials say the closure is necessary so that crews can build ramps to the new bridge, and drivers should expect long delays until the work is done.   

   The primary detour is eastbound on I-55/70 to I-255 south, which will add five-to-ten minutes during off-peak hours.  Drivers who can avoid the area over the next nine days are advised to do so.

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   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Construction work on Illinois highways will be suspended for the Labor Day weekend to improve the flow of traffic and increase safety.

   That's the word from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which announced its plans Tuesday. IDOT officials hope that by opening up as many traffic lanes as possible they will reduce congestion and make the holiday weekend more enjoyable for travelers.

   Work will be put on hold starting at 3 p.m. Friday and will continue through midnight Monday.

   The Department of Transportation reminds motorists that work zone speed limits remain in effect when they are posted, even if no workers are on site.

 

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   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.

 
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