MoDOT to Close Taylor, Newstead Bridges Over I-64 January 21

Motorists please take note.

January 14, 2013 | 2 min reading time
 The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Fred Weber Inc., will close the Taylor and Newstead bridges over Interstate 64 starting after morning rush period Monday January 21.

The closure will be to prepare the bridges for removal the following weekend, as part of a project to construct a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and to replace four bridges over the interstate.

Taylor and Newstead will remain closed at the interstate until November. Drivers can use Tower Grove and Boyle to detour around the closures. Cyclists and pedestrians can use Kingshighway, the pedestrian crossing between Kingshighway and Taylor, or Tower Grove to detour around the closure.

From January 21-23, crews will close the inside lane on I-64 in both directions overnight to fill in the rumble strips.  Work will start about 8 p.m. Monday on the eastbound lanes and then will move to the westbound lanes after eastbound is finished.  Lanes will be reopened to traffic by 5 a.m. the following morning.

The department will also close I-64 in both directions starting after evening rush Friday, January 25 to remove the Taylor and Newstead bridges.  The interstate will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, January 28. When the interstate reopens, drivers will have three 10-foot lanes in each direction of I-64 between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Traffic will also shift to the middle of the interstate.

MoDOT will keep three lanes open in each direction on the interstate between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays.  Overnight and weekends, the department will close up to two of those open lanes for construction work. Outside of scheduled weekend closures for bridge removal, the department will keep at least one interstate lane open in both directions at all times.

“With narrowed and shifted lanes, we expect to have some congestion in this area, especially during morning and evening rush periods. All commuters have several options to avoid congestion. Long distance commuters – heading from downtown to west St. Louis County – can consider using I-44 or I-70 to detour around the construction.  People nearer to the construction can use Chouteau/Manchester or Forest Park Parkway to avoid the congestion. Commuters can also, where possible, investigate telecommuting or flex their work hours to avoid peak traffic times,” said Deanna Venker, MoDOT area engineer for St. Louis City.

 More information on upcoming work will be released when it becomes available, and will be shared on the project webpage at:

Washington University Medical Center and BJC Healthcare have partnered with the department on the $17.9 million project. Construction is expected to continue until July 2014.

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