(KPLR)-Two major interstate shut downs will affect traffic in the Metro East this weekend. On Friday night, IDOT shut down westbound I-55/70 from IL 203 to the I-55/70/64 merge. Crews are reconstructing on and off ramps and resurfacing existing lanes. The stretch of highway is expected to reopen by 5am Monday morning.
Drivers must detour to southbound I-255 then onto westbound I-64 to head into downtown St. Louis.
The westbound I-55/70 shut down is on top of the continuing closure of eastbound I-64 from the I-55/70/64 split to 18th Street in East St. Louis where road resurfacing is also taking place. That work began last weekend and is also expected to be finished by the Monday morning rush hour commute.
The detours caught plenty of drivers off guard.
"Absolutely," Paula Langen said. "I thought I had it all figured out. I’m going to visit a family member and I can’t get across the river where I thought I could."
The closures on I-64 have been in place for a while now, but they've moved back and forth. That's left people like Tony Spatola at the Gateway Motorsports Park facing extra hurdles getting to and from work. He commutes to Madison from Creve Coeur on the Missouri side.
"It adds about twenty minutes to my daily commute into work so I’ve got to wake up a little early, and I’m not a morning bird by any means. Any time I have to wake up earlier to get to work, that’s a bad day for me."
More coverage: Eastbound I-64 shut down in East St. Louis for construction
I-64 traffic is asked to take I-55/70 east to I-255 south and then back onto eastbound I-64.
All this work is part of the final phase of building and prepping for the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Website: IDOT St. Louis Area Traveler Info