ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- MoDOT is gearing up for some big projects taking place this spring and summer that will mean delays for drivers on area roads and highways.
MoDOT says there are 10 upcoming projects that will impact the St. Louis and St. Charles areas, primarily focusing on bridges as some aging structures need attention. The Interstate 44 corridor near Shrewsbury is getting worked on as well as Interstate 44 over Interstate 55.
“For about 35 days starting April 11th you will have only one lane on main line 44 in that two lane section,” said MoDOT engineer Greg Horn.
Another big project will take place in St. Charles, where MoDOT will rebuild the interchange on Interstate 70 and Fifth Street.
Between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.lanes between Route 94 and Fifth Street will be closed. The two right lanes approaching Route 94 will remain closed, meanwhile the exit to Route 94 will be open, but drivers will have to use the right lane of Interstate 70 to reach the exit. The lanes are expected to remain closed until May.
Officials said drivers should seek alternate routes because they expect traffic to be backed up significantly when the work begins.
“Starting on Wednesday I would say they take 370 or 364,” Horn added. “Those will be pretty free and easy to flow through. Seventy and Blanchette Bridge is going to be pretty congested for a few months.”
MoDOT has one other big project planned along Grand Avenue, where the roadway over Interstate 44 will be replaced this summer. MoDOT calls it one of the worst bridges in the region.
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