Kingshighway bridge closes for two years on Monday

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Kingshighway bridge, which carries more than 40,000 vehicles a day, will be closed for two years according to the Communications Director for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

In a statement, Maggie Crane said the 75-year-old bridge will be torn down and rebuilt over the next two years. The bridge will widen to 90 feet creating three wider lanes in each direction.

The Federal Highway Administration and Union Pacific Railroad have funded the $21 million project.

Additional lanes have been added to Vandeventer and Shaw will remain open at all times to ease traffic congestion.

Kingshighway bridge will close Monday, July 6 after morning rush hour traffic.

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A rendering of the completed Kingshighway overpass.

A rendering of the completed Kingshighway overpass.