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Brett Blume
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Updated 12:20 p.m.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The scheduled 15 minute closure of northbound and southbound I-270 from Manchester Road to Big Bend at 1:30 p.m. today has been canceled.

MoDOT is evaluating the results from this morning’s closure and making any necessary adjustments.

The next closure is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

MoDOT will keep you informed of further updates today.
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  At least twice a day, every weekday this summer, traffic in both directions of Interstate 270 will be brought to a complete halt as crews blast rock to clear the way for new traffic lanes.

“We’re going to have our (MoDOT) trucks and the contractor’s trucks, along with police escort, jump on the highway coming southbound at Ladue and northbound at Big Bend,” explains MoDOT resident engineer Jesse Jonas, “and we’ll get to a safe spot where we’ll catch all the vehicles and we’ll bring the highway to a crawl.”

Jonas says that will likely happen no more than twice a day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., but it will be every day for the next two months.

He says commuters can save themselves some headaches if they’re traveling through south county around midday.

“Our message to drivers is if they can just avoid 270 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Jonas says. “We’ve got good north-south alternate routes on Lindbergh and Hwy. 141.”

Crews are looking to blast away a total of 50,000 cubic yards of rock between Manchester and Big Bend to make way for the addition of a fifth lane of traffic in each direction.

“Motorists are probably well familiar with where I-44 comes into I-270 northbound and that kind of starts the morning congestion out in that area,” according to Jonas. “So by adding that extra through-lane, that will improve the situation that people have been dealing with for a long time.”

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