Kingshighway Bridge to close for 2 year reconstruction project - KMOV.com

Kingshighway Bridge to close for 2 year reconstruction project

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Detours from Kingshighway while the bridge is reconstructed. (Credit: City of St. Louis) Detours from Kingshighway while the bridge is reconstructed. (Credit: City of St. Louis)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The long-anticipated closure of the Kingshighway Bridge between Vandeventer/Southwest and Shaw Boulevard will begin on Monday, July 6 and continue until the bridge reconstruction is completed in approximately two years. 

During the construction, the 75-year-old Kingshighway Bridge will be demolished and reconstructed.

According to officials with the city of St. Louis, the bridge carries more than 40,000 vehicles a day. The bridge is considered past its useful life, but is still safe for travel, officials said.

Detour routes have been developed for motorists and the Metro #95 Kingshighway bus has been rerouted around the closure.

Southbound drivers will be able to use a detour of eastbound Shaw to Vandeventer and northbound traffic will use Vandeventer to westbound McRee.

In order to ease traffic congestion during the construction, the city plans to adjust traffic signal timing, lanes will be added to Vandeventer, additional turn lanes will be added to the intersections of Vandeventer at McRee and Shaw and Shaw Blvd will remain open at all times, according to a release by the city.

City officials said cyclists will be able to continue using Macklind and Tower Grove Avenues.

For the entire duration of the construction, the Metro #95 Kingshighway bus will be rerouted via Chouteau, Tower Grove and Magnolia Avenues. Additionally, the #14 Botanical Garden route will be detoured through Northrup to provide access to McRee Avenue, Metro officials said.

Metro passengers who use stops inaccessible by the rerouting of the #95 bus can see a full list of alternate stops and transfers on the Metro website.

Motorists can find the full details of the reconstruction closures and detour maps on the St. Louis City website.

Funding for the $21 million project will be provided by the Federal Highway Administration and Union Pacific Railroad.

The new bridge will feature a wider roadway with three lanes in each direction and wider sidewalks for pedestrians.

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