April 24, 2012Road crews will be working on two projects that will have an impact on local drivers beginning this weekend. A long-term project on the Interstate 64 double deck structure in downtown St. Louis starts Friday, April 27; inspection of the Forest Park Parkway bridges will take place Sunday, April 29.
I-64 Double Deck Bridge Project
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has begun work on a major project on the Interstate 64 double deck structure in downtown St. Louis that will have major impacts on traffic until the end of the year.
The project will require permanent lane closures on the bridge and several weekend interstate closures throughout 2012, including a closure of westbound I-64 this weekend, starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. The interstate will reopen by 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29. This work is weather permitting. The department will open one lane of westbound I-64 on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. to allow for baseball traffic to enter into downtown.
In addition, the ramp from Broadway to westbound I-64 closes April 27 until October. Drivers can use the 10th Street and 14th Street ramps to access I-64 westbound.
One lane will be closed, around the clock, on westbound I-64 from April 29 to late August. During non-peak hours, crews will have two of the three lanes closed. Work on westbound I-64 will require approximately 10 full weekend closures of the westbound interstate to complete.
Work begins on eastbound I-64 in late August and continues through late October. It will also require a full lane closure, around the clock on eastbound I-64. During non-peak hours, crews will have two of the three lanes closed. Work on eastbound I-64 will also require approximately three full interstate closures.
This work is to remove and replace the driving surface on the double deck portion of I-64 and to replace the deteriorated joints.
"The double deck is more than 50 years old, and this is part of the preventative maintenance work needed to extend its useful life another 25 years," said Deanna Venker, MoDOT Area Engineer for St. Louis City.
"We understand that this is going to be challenging for morning and evening commuters, and for people who attend downtown events at Busch Stadium. We have a very aggressive schedule with our contractor, so we can complete this project as quickly as possible," she said.
Forest Park Parkway Bridge Inspection
St. Louis County will conduct its annual inspection of Forest Park Parkway's bridges in Clayton this Sunday, April 29, beginning at 7 a.m.
Drivers are cautioned to be alert for lane closures pertaining to the inspections – and for the inspection team members themselves.
"Traffic will remain open but in certain places, lanes will be temporarily closed so that our bridge personnel can perform their duty," said David Wrone, a spokesman for the St. Louis County's Department of Highways and Traffic. "Drivers will be alerted to the closures by temporary signs. We'll have anywhere from two to four engineers on or near the driving pavement Sunday, so motorists need to adjust their speed accordingly."
From Shaw Park Drive west to Forsyth, a total of nine bridges will be scoured for any sign of deterioration from any cause, such as collision damage or generic wear from traffic or weather. St. Louis County performs these inspections every year.