ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The yearlong shutdown of a stretch of Interstate 64 in St. Louis started a little early.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced the change on Friday.
MoDOT closed I-64 from Interstate 170 east to Kingshighway at 7 a.m. Saturday. ( )
The roadway was originally to close Sunday. But with rain in the forecast for Saturday night, MoDOT officials say the early closure was necessary to get striping work done before the pavement turns wet. ( )
MoDOT is spending about $535 million to rebuild an approximately 8-mile stretch of I-64 over two years.
Since January, a 4-mile stretch has been closed from Interstate 270 east to I-170. That section reopens Monday -- about two weeks ahead of schedule.
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