ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-Residents of west St. Louis have a traffic headache coming as a major road closure will last into the summer. Southwest Avenue, just south of I-44, is a busy road and it's going to be shut down from McCausland to Lowry Avenue beginning at 9am on Monday, April 6th for sewer repairs.
The closure is going to last for two months. Local traffic will be able to access Southwest Avenue from Bellevue Avenue
They're closing things up so MSD can replace a water main and put in big, 72 inch storm sewer pipes under Southwest Avenue. Right now, the drainage systems from the city of St. Louis, Maplewood, and Richmond Heights all come together in this area the they system is overcharged trying to handle more runoff than they should. This project is part of a larger effort to relieve all that pressure.
The sewer is a part of the River Des Peres sewer system.