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MoDOT plans to replace 4 bridges on 44 near 270

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Changes are coming to several bridges on I-44 near I-270. Credit: KMOV Changes are coming to several bridges on I-44 near I-270. Credit: KMOV

Some big changes are coming to I-44 just west of 270, but the work will likely cause some major traffic issues.

MoDOT has plans to replace four bridges: two along I-44 and two ‘ramp’ bridges connecting Watson Road.

“They’re reaching the end of their life and we want to make sure they stay safe,” said MoDOT engineer Karen Yeomans.

The three-year-long planned construction project is slated to start in the fall of 2018.

It should be complete by late 2021, according to MoDOT.

The first work will happen in the Meramec River where a foundation for a new bridge will be laid. That bridge will be built between the two existing bridges on I-44. This new bridge will eventually become the westbound I-44 lanes.

The eastbound I-44 bridge will be rebuilt in its current spot.

Drivers can expect lane closures, but the I-44 bridges will never be fully shut down. At times traffic will be rerouted onto the new bridge as work on the old eastbound bridge starts.

The Watson Road bridge ramps are different.

Crews will shut them down, one at a time, which will likely happen in the summer of 2019. MoDOT said the shutdowns will happen during the summer when there’s less traffic and they plan to alternate summers for each bridge work which will last for roughly three months.

The detour will route you to Lindbergh while the ramp bridges to Watson are shut down.

When the project is complete, which is expected to be in late 2021 a lane will be added in each direction on I-44 connecting to the 270 interchange. 

MoDOT is asking for the public’s input on the project. You can find their plan, here and submit a comment.

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