MoDOT: Blanchette Bridge project will give bridge another 50 to 75 years

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 10:35 AM

ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- Starting in November, part of the Blanchette Bridge will close for rehabilitation.

Thursday, members of MoDOT and the city of St. Charles say now is the time to plan alternate routes.

The plan is to close the westbound side of the Blanchette Bridge.

Drivers will be diverted to the east bound side which will be divided into three lanes in each direction.

The concern for officials and rivers is the same number of drivers with two fewer lanes.

“We are really encouraging people to use one of the other bridges between St. Charles and St. Louis county,” said MoDOT’s Linda Wilson Horn.

The city of St. Charles has been preparing for the closures for some time, and doesn’t expect businesses along Main Street to be too affected.

Flyers, maps and web links have all been distributed through the chamber of commerce.

While drivers might be a little inconvenienced, MoDOT says the end result is worth the troubles.

“That work will give us another 50-75 years of that bridge,” said Wilson Horn. “It will last another 50-75 years.”

The $63 million project is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2013.

 

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