ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – If you’re planning to use Interstate 64/Highway 40 through St. Louis city this weekend, you might want to think about an alternate route.
MoDOT is completely closing a stretch of the interstate in the city for the entire weekend starting Friday night.
The closure is happening so MoDOT can demolish two bridges over I-64/40 that are going to be re-built. One of them is on Newstead Avenue. The other one is nearby on Taylor Avenue.
MoDOT says both of the bridges are more than 50 years old and are in need of serious attention.
Starting at 8:00pm Friday, MoDOT will close the interstate in both directions between Hampton and Forest Park Parkway.
The highway is scheduled to reopen by 3:00am Monday.
The closure was originally supposed to happen last weekend but rain delayed it.
This weekend’s work is part of a year and a half long project that will see a total of four aging bridges in this area demolished and rebuilt.
This is one of three complete weekend closures.
The Monster Jam is Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome and the Lady Gaga concert is being held at the Scottrade Center. There are also Mardi Gras events, including the pet parade on Sunday in Soulard.
MoDOT is concerned about the potential for traffic troubles around these events. They are encouraging drivers to use alternate routes including I-44, I-55 and I-70.
When I-64/40 reopens Monday, there will be three lanes instead of four and those lanes will be narrower than we are used to.
The lanes have to be shifted for crews to do work and they will stay that way for a while.
Crews couldn’t do the work last weekend because the rain prevented the re-striping. MoDOT says they are expecting the weather to cooperate this weekend.
The re-built bridges will reopen by November.