Lanes in both directions of I-44 open near Bowles Avenue


ST. LOUIS (KMOV.COM) – Lanes in both directions of Interstate 44 in St. Louis County have reopened.

The lanes were reopened just before 10 a.m. Friday.

Both directions of I-44 in St. Louis County are open between mm 253 and 274. All interstates in Missouri are open.— MoDOT (@MoDOT) January 1, 2016

The interstate was shut down from Bowles Avenue to Highway 100 in Gray Summit starting around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday morning, MoDOT officials told News 4, lanes of the roadway were closed from Interstate 270 to Highway 100 in Gray Summit, but Skyzoom 4 flew over the area and saw cars traveling up until Bowles. MoDOT officials later said they planned on closing the roadway down starting at Interstate 270 later in the day.

Tuesday afternoon, MoDOT predicted the roadway would be shut down as the Meramec River continued rising.

Highway 141 was already closed, as nearly five feet of water covered the roadway. Officials said the situation will continue to get worse, because the area is already prone to flooding. MoDOT expected the water levels to rise by seven or eight feet by Tuesday night.

"What that is going to cause is I-44 back to the west, just a short distance [from the intersection with 141], is actually going to be overtopped overnight,” said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair. “So we’ll have water on Interstate 44 probably around six or seven o’clock tomorrow morning.”

All eastbound interstate traffic was being detoured off at Route 30 in St. Clair. From there, drivers will take Route 30 to Route 141 to northbound I-55 to I-270.

All westbound interstate traffic was detoured to I-270 east to I-55 south to Route 141 to Route 30 and back to I-44 at St. Clair in Franklin County during the closure.

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