Central West End residents brace for MoDOT bridge work

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by Lindsay Bramson / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 5:42 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The Missouri Department of Transportation says it will soon be replacing four bridges in the Central West End.

 

The project will include the bridges at Taylor, Newstead, Tower Grove and Boyle.

“You know, there are only so many ways to get across 64 if you’re coming across the south side,” said concerned driver Jana Marcette. “The fact they’re going to be closing multiple routes and bridges at the same time is going to affect me.”

In fact, the project is going to affect a lot of people, especially those who work at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

But officials with MoDOT say while drivers will be affected, the impact will be minimal.

”The good thing to know for those residents in the area is that yes, we have bridges, but we will only be removing two at a time,” said MoDOT employee Deanna Venker.

MoDOT will leaving drivers alternate routes nearby that they can take.

Crews will first remove the bridges at Newstead and Taylor, then replace the ones at Tower Grove and Boyle.

At some points, the Vandeventer avenue exit off Highway 40 will be closed as well. With traffic already congested in the area, some wonder how much worse it will make it.

“If you try to leave here anytime between 5 and 6, it’s standstill traffic all the time trying to get on, for people trying to get through and on,” said Marcette.

Officials with MoDOT say they’re  making every attempt to give people as much notice as possible.

“One thing we’ve done is gone through and papered the neighborhood with flyers so all the neighbors should be receiving those this week as this next week progresses on,” said Venker.

The work is set to begin Monday and last through June of 2014.

 

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