I-270 construction incomplete, causes more rush hour headaches - KMOV.com

I-270 construction incomplete, causes more rush hour headaches

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV) – The Missouri Department of Transportation and contractor Millstone Bangert were unable to complete bridge repairs this weekend on Interstate 270 due to inclement weather.  Now, work on the interstate is all but guaranteed to cause some major traffic headaches for motorists this week.

Three left lanes and two right lanes of northbound I-270 between north of Gravois Road and I-44 will be open this week. The right lane near the work zone can access either the westbound I-44 exit ramp or continue northbound on I-270 once past the second work zone near the I-44 interchange. The far right lane will exit to I-44 eastbound and the Watson Road ramps.

Motorists should use the far right lane to access either eastbound/westbound I-44 or Watson Road (Route 366).

Northbound I-270 will have reduced lane widths, and the speed limit is lowered to 45 mph through this work zone.

This all may sound a little confusing, so MoDOT has also added more message boards to warn motorists of congestion on the work zones.

Changeable message signs are being added at the following locations:

         ·    Eastbound Gravois Road (Route 30) west of Route 141

         ·    Eastbound Gravois Road (Route 30) west of I-270

         ·    Westbound Gravois Road (Route 30) east of I-270

         ·    Northbound Tesson Ferry Road (Route 21) south of Route 141

         ·    Southbound Tesson Ferry Road (Route 21) north of I-270

         ·    Northbound Tesson Ferry Road (Route 21) south of I-270

         ·    Eastbound Gravois Road (Route 30) west of I-270

Drivers on southbound I-270 will also see message signs warning of road work and can expect possible delays.

All lanes of I-270 will be open during heavy weekday traffic. Access to the I-44 ramps will be open, but with shorter merges to exit and entrance ramps.

This work is part of the I-270 rehabilitation projects on the northbound and southbound I-270 bridges over Rott Road and the I-270 bridges over I-44. The work zones will remain in place around the clock.

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.

MoDot plans to meet with its contractor sometime next week to ensure that road construction is complete by Memorial Day.

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