Weekend closures will affect portions of Interstate 70

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Get ready for traffic tie-ups if you are heading to the Blues game Saturday night or the Cardinals Winter Warmup this weekend.  A portion of Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis will be completely closed Friday night until Monday morning.

Closures like this are always a headache for drivers, especially this weekend when the Winter Warmup scheduled to start Saturday morning at the Hyatt Hotel, right next to the construction zone.

Here's what you need to know: I-70 will be closed between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge from 8:00pm Friday until 5:00am Monday. The Eads Bridge will also be closed.

When I-70 reopens on Monday, there will be some new traffic patterns, including a new westbound exit ramp onto Pine Street.

This is all part of the City Arch River Project which, by the Fall of 2015, will create walkable parkland where Memorial Drive is now and put a steel lid with parkland on top over I-70 between the Arch and the Old Courthouse.

In the meantime, if you're heading downtown this weekend, MoDOT suggests either getting off on Tucker or Broadway.  Otherwise, they'll exit drivers onto Memorial Drive and take them back on at the next available ramp in each direction.