One lane on Blanchette Bridge reopens, two still remain closed - KMOV.com

One lane on Blanchette Bridge reopens, two still remain closed

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(KMOV)-- The Missouri Department of Transportation re-opened one lane of westbound Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Bridge.

MoDOT closed a third lane on Sunday after closing two far left lanes of westbound Interstate 70 on the Blanchette Bridge on Friday evening for an emergency repair. The third lane has re-opened, but the original two lanes will remain closed.  The two remaining lanes are expected to be open by the Monday evening rush.

A MoDOT spokesperson said crews are making repairs to a bridge expansion joint. One joint plate failed Friday afternoon and the affected traffic lanes were shut down. About 70,000 cars travel over the bridge every day making it the busiest bridge in the state. Motorists are advised to use Route 370 or Route 364 (Page Ave. extension) as alternate routes.

"I want to stress that the bridge is safe to travel on," said MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer Ed Hassinger in a news release. "We are advising motorists to avoid this area if they can during this emergency repair..."

For questions or more information, call 1-800-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org. Travelers can also get instant traffic information on interstates or major state routes by dialing 5-1-1 from most cell phones, or by calling 1-877-4STL-511.

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