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St. Louis buildings, interstates tagged with graffiti

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Several buildings and interstate walls have been tagged with graffiti in St. Louis, leaving MoDOT crews responsible for the costly cleanup.

MoDOT engineer Michelle Voegele said vandals have spray painted exterior walls of the Millennium Hotel, Busch Stadium, the Poplar Street Bridge, and medians along Interstate 44.

The acts of vandalism came in the wake of Paint Louis. During the annual art event, graffiti artists from around the country gather to paint the flood wall in St. Louis.

But organizers said people who participated in the event are not to blame for the graffiti that popped up in unsanctioned areas. Event planner John Harrington claims those who were denied entry caused the problem.

"When they get upset that they are not on the main wall, they go out and what we call 'bomb the city,'" said Harrington.

With the speed of traffic and lack of access, Voegele said cleanup efforts along I-44 may pose a danger to MoDOT crews.

"These type of removal activities require lane closures in order to keep our workers safe, as well as the traveling public," said Voegele.

Harrington said a small group of people are giving Paint Louis a bad name, but he is working to maintain a good relationship with the city. 

"I'd like to take time out myself and apologize to the businesses of St. Louis for any damage that might be caused, and we're going to try out best to get out here and clean it up," said Harrington.

MoDOT urges anyone who witnesses someone spray painting along the interstate to contact police immediately.

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