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ST CHARLES (KMOX) –  Beginning Sunday, January 8, motorists can expect overnight  lane closures for utility work on the eastbound I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge.

The work is being done to prepare for the upcoming major  rehabilitation work scheduled on the westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge.

The  date for the start of the major westbound rehabilitation bridge work is not  available yet.  Construction is expected to start in 2012 lasting until the  end of 2013.

The current work will move utilities off the westbound bridge and  place them on the eastbound bridge.

The January 8-12 work will include the  following closures:

  • Sunday, January 8, one lane closed eastbound at 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. A second lane and both of the Fifth Street ramps to eastbound I-70 will close at 8 p.m.
  • Monday, January 9 through Thursday, January 12, one lane closed eastbound I-70 at 8 p.m. until  5 a.m. A second lane and both of the
    Fifth Street ramps to eastbound I-70 will close at 9 p.m.

Similar nightly lane closures on the bridge could occur each week,  Sunday through Thursday nights, weather permitting until late March.

The  Fifth Street ramp closures will be limited.

When the Fifth Street ramps to eastbound I-70 are closed, motorists will  be detoured to use Veterans Parkway (the south outer road) west to the  Route 94/First Capitol Drive interchange to access eastbound  I-70.

For more information or to sign up for email updates regarding the  upcoming westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge rehabilitation, visit  www.modot.org/blanchettebridge.

MoDOT reminds motorists to slow down in  work zones and avoid distractions to keep yourself and the workers safe.

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