(KMOV) – The ongoing construction on Interstate 64 near downtown will not end anytime soon. Drivers can expect more lane closures through 2013 as crews make bridge repairs.
The I-64 projects stretch from East of Kingshighway all the way to the Poplar Street Bridge.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says that the I-64 bridge is 43 years old, and it needs to be updated in case of an emergency like an earthquake.
The good news is the repairs won’t happen all at once. However, it will mean on-and-off lane closures for the next couple of years.
Later this year, crews will begin to close lanes on I-64 near 21st Street downtown all the way to the Poplar Street Bridge. They will replace the expansion joints and put a new concrete surface on the interstate.
That means lane closures, primarily on the weekends. The entire project could last about a year.
MoDOT says that the double-deck structure on the I-64 bridge is one they cannot replace. Officials say there’s no way to physically and practically replace that, and it’s something that will have to have ongoing maintenance on it forever.
Making the repairs is expected to boost the lifespan of the bridge by about 25 years.
If you have any questions about the double-deck bridge project, you can pose them on Wednesday at a public meeting at City Hall from 1-4 p.m.