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Brace Yourself: Years of Construction on 64/40

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – MoDOT is preparing for one last push of major construction projects along 64/40 in Missouri.

The punch list includes the reconstruction of five overpasses, the installation new lighting, a new interchange and a lot of painting and resurfacing.

A decade-long effort will also continue, to make the highway’s double-decker lanes earthquake-ready.

“It hasn’t been glamorous work, but it’s been necessary work to make sure that the bridge does not collapse upon itself, trapping motorists, during a seismic event,” said MoDOT St. Louis Area Engineer Deanna Venker.

The double-decker lanes will also be repainted and resurfaced.

The Jefferson Avenue overpass crossing 64/40 will be the first to go, taking four months to tear down and rebuild.

Then, four overpasses will be demolished and replaced at the same time: Tower Grove, Boyle, Taylor and Newstead Avenues. Venker said work on those will wait until the city completes rebuilding the Grand viaduct.

A new interchange will also be built at Tower Grove and Boyle.

Brighter, more energy efficient L.E.D. lightning will be installed along the stretch from Kingshighway through downtown.

And for motorists feeling orange cone fatigue, Venker has some good news:

“We’re hoping to plan this together as the rest of the corridor’s work, so we hope to then have a lull” after it’s complete in 2015.

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