Chunks of concrete fall from I-64 in downtown St. Louis; MoDOT claims it's safe
MoDOT terminating leases on parking spaces under I-64 downtown after incident Thursday By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson
(KMOV)— MoDOT said Interstate 64/Highway 40 is safe for drivers, even though chunks of concrete fell from the highway.
A viewer emailed News 4 some photos of concrete chunks that had fallen onto a car Thursday afternoon. That viewer told us that the concrete chunks fell from elevated section of I-64 that stretches from 7th Street at the Ballpark and all the way down to Union Station.
MoDOT inspectors arrived on the scene and roped off the section under the deteriorating roadway. Workers inspected about 6 miles of elevated roadway and they are stopping drivers from parking underneath. The damaged cars were parked in a S&H parking lot right under the highway.
MoDOT officials said the problem is confined to a part of the bridge designed to funnel water away from the deck. They also said the concrete has a tendency to chip away under wet or extreme weather conditions.
Executives with MoDOT claim there is no structural damage to the 50 year old overpass and claim it is still safe.