ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Just when you thought it was safe to use Interstate 64 for your downtown commute — another major project gets underway later this month.
Missouri Department of Transportation District Engineer Ed Hassinger says they’ll be working to improve the interchange at I-64 and Tower Grove.
“That includes replacing the four bridges that go over the highway there.” Hassinger also says plans call for additional ramps that don’t exist today.
It will mean the complete shutdown of I-64 in both directions the weekend of January 25th and restrictions after that through mid-2014.
Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Washington University medical school are so eager to see those improvements that they’re putting up half of the $18-Million project cost.
Hassinger urges commuters to find a different way to work.
“Once we get that to three lanes in each direction it’ll be that way for several months,” said Hassinger. “People need to look at using I-44 and I-70 if they’re in those areas. Manchester Road, Forest Park Parkway would also be good alternatives.”
One bit of good news — as of next weekend, all work on the “double deck” structure of I-64 between Jefferson and the Poplar Street Bridge will be finished.
District Engineer Ed Hassinger says they’re teaming up with the City of Wildwood for a $7 million upgrade of Route 109 from Clayton to Route 100.
Hassinger says that will mean less congestion and better safety on that busy stretch, but at the cost of some delays. “We’re going to make 109 from Manchester north four lanes with a roundabout at the north end. That work will mostly be off peak but it will be under flagging operations”
The work on Route 109 through Wildwood should be finished by Spring, 2014.