ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Starting March 14, Grand Blvd. will be closed from Chouteau Ave. to Interstate 64/Highway 40 to build a new bridge and MetroLink Station.
The project could take up to two years to complete, but project managers hope to get Grand Blvd open in 14 months.
While some might ask why the Grand Blvd. project could take up to two years to complete when the entire I-64 project took less than that, experts say comparing those two projects is like comparing apples to oranges.
The budget and manpower for the I-64 project were much larger, and other challenges like the Amtrak and freight rail line and MetroLink station beneath the bridge could make working on the project more difficult.
A better comparison might be the recently completed Jefferson Avenue Bridge. While the construction detours may have seemed interminable, the city says it was completed in 17 months, on time and on budget.
This was not the case for the Compton Bridge, which was not demolished, but refurbished. It was supposed to open in late January, but it just opened March 1.
The bus line 70 across the Grand Bridge is Metro’s most heavily traveled line, and while riders want to know how the bridge construction will affect them, project managers say they are on top of the construction and will work to get the bridge done on schedule.
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