MoDOT: Expect lane closures, delays on 64 downtown

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Starting at 8 p.m. Friday night, crews will close all lanes of westbound I-64 between Broadway and 21st in downtown St. Louis. The interstate will be shut down through 5 a.m. Monday, but crews will reopen one lane to allow Cardinal and Blues game traffic to travel into downtown.

One westbound lane will open Saturday at 10 a.m. for the 12:05 p.m. game. Crews plan to reopen a lane for a short time, when the game lets out. They'll repeat the process on Sunday and for the Blues game on Saturday.

Even with one lane open, MoDOT says to expect heavy delays. The agency is advising drivers to find other routes and avoid I-64, if possible.

This weekends work is part of a larger resurfacing project that will continue through late fall.

At least one lane will be closed on westbound I-64 through late August. During off-peak travel times, two of the three lanes will be closed. MoDOT also anticipates it will have to fully close this section of the interstate ten more weekends.

By late August, crews will start resurfacing the eastbound lanes. Three more weekend closures are planned for the eastbound lanes and at least one lane will be closed at all times through late October.

For a short period of time in late August, crews will resurface both east and westbound lanes of I-64 at the same time.

The construction will also affect the on-ramps. The Broadway on-ramp to westbound 64 is already closed and will remain shut down through October.

For the last 11 years, MoDOT construction crews have worked to shore up the double-deck portion of I-64 in downtown St. Louis. The seismic retrofitting work that is meant to strengthen the bridges in case of an earthquake was completed last week, according to the area engineer for downtown St. Louis. Deanna Venker says all of the work on this portion of the interstate should be completed by late fall.

 

 

 

 

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