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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A traffic headache that plagued I-70 commuters in West County last week did not come to an end as expected Monday.

An annual inspection of the Blanchette Bridge was expected to end last Thursday but will go on in the westbound lanes of the span.

“There was some other bridge work that needed to get taken care of and they had to pull the crew that was going to be doing the inspection off to go and work on that particular bridge,” explains Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Sharp.

The silver lining for commuters is that the work will be done between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in hopes of avoiding rush hour havoc.

“We tried to stop the inspection before the afternoon rush period going west into St. Charles County,” Sharp said.

Drivers are asked to take alternate routes into St. Charles, including Routes 370 and 364.

Thus far, according to Sharp, the inspection hasn’t shone light on any troubling details. The inspection comes less than a year before a $60 million renovation of the bridge is expected to begin.

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