(KMOV) – The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Sunday that crews have completed the demolition of the old southbound Interstate 55 bridge over Route M and Glaize Creek.
The project was completed ahead of schedule. Route M was closed Friday and was not expected to reopen until early Monday morning.
Traffic shifts on I-55 between Route M and Route Z remain in place until the fall of 2010 for the new bridge construction. Southbound I-55 traffic will be detoured to the new northbound bridge during the bridge demolition. Northbound I-55 lanes will remain in the current alignment, shifted to the right.
This project will widen I-55 by adding one lane between Route M and Route Z, a new I-55 bridge over Route M and straightening of the Interstate 55 southbound exit to Route M.
Two bridges on I-55 over Route M and Glaize Creek will also be replaced. The total cost of the project is $15 million. The I-55 widening project is funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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