Work resumes on Blanchette Bridge days after construction worker's death

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 1:17 PM

(KMOV) – Work resumed Thursday on the Blanchette Bridge, days after a man was killed while performing construction on the bridge that connects St. Charles and St. Louis counties.

Crews had initially planned to close one lane of Interstate 70 southbound at Fifth Street Monday night as they began a three-week long repair project on the bridge.

But it was postponed until next Monday after a 55-gallon drum being lifted by a crane fell on 51-year-old Patrick Bray of Jerseyville, Illinois. Bray was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was employed by Walsh Construction Co.

MoDOT officials said the closure will start at 8 p.m. Monday and last until July 8 while crews rehab and resurface the westbound I-70 bridge over Fifth Street.

Three lanes of westbound I-70 will remain open and the ramp from westbound I-70 to northbound Fifth Street will remain open during the three-week closure.

On Monday, crews will shut down one lane of westbound I-70 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning to set up the work zone and close the ramp to southbound Fifth Street.

Only two lanes will be open to traffic on westbound I-70 during that time.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to access southbound Fifth Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Meanwhile, News 4 this week learned of past violations with Walsh Construction prior to Monday’s deadly accident. 

Two safety violations are listed against the company through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) One of the violations listed had to do with working over a body of water.

News 4 also learned that the company has paid about $8,500 in workplace safety fines since 2010. 

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