(KMOV)-- The Missouri Department of Transportation has confirmed it will close westbound Route 40 at the Daniel Boone Bridge for repair work the weekend of January 7-10, 2011, weather permitting.
Authorities say that the preventative maintenance work is needed to ensure that the 1930s-era Boone Bridge remains safe for the 75,000 vehicles which use it daily. Crews will reset bearings on the bridge and complete other needed repair work
Authorities say crews will close westbound Route 40/61 at Long Road in Chesterfield, and all access to St. Charles County from Route 40/61, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, January 7. The roadway will be completely closed by 9 p.m. and will reopen by 5 a.m. the following Monday.
Access to St. Charles County using I-70, Route 364, and Route 370 will remain open.
The detour for the closure is taking I-270 to I-70 or using Route 364 to Route 94. For people returning to St. Louis, eastbound Route 40/61 over the river will remain open.
There may be additional overnight lane closures required after this work is complete.