ST. LOUIS (KMOX/NEWS RELEASE) Updated at 9:30 p.m. – The Missouri Department of Transportation said 90 of its highways remained closed in the St. Louis area as of midday.
MoDOT says all Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-44 between I-270 and Highway 100 in Gray Summit are now open for use. However, the Westbound I-44 exit to Soccer Park remains closed and the Westbound I-44 exit to Route 141 in St. Louis County.
Please see the following status updates in St. Louis:
- Route 21/Tesson Ferry (St. Louis County) at Meramec River – Northbound and soundbound lanes and all ramps are open.
- Route 141 at Romaine Creek at Route 21 near Meramec River – is open.
- Route 61/67/Lemay Ferry/Jeffco Blvd at Meramec River between St. Louis and Jefferson Counties – is open.
- Route 231/Telegraph at Meramec River between St. Louis and Jefferson Counties – is open.
- Route 67 (North St. Charles Co) is reduced to one lane head to head traffic from Alton Il into Missouri between the Mississippi River and Missouri River.
- Route 47 is now closed from Missouri River Bridge at Washington, (Franklin County) north to Marthasville. Route 94 is also closed from Route 47 through Dutzow.
- Route 30/Gravois (Fenton, St. Louis County) at Meramec River – remains closed.
- Rte. 94 is also closed from Augusta to Defiance in St. Charles County.
- Route 109 (St. Louis County) – north of I-44 is open. Rte. 109, south of I-44 remains closed because Rte. W and Rte. FF are underwater.
- Rte. 141, at I-44 in St. Louis County remains closed.
As previously reported…
MoDOT Engineer Tom Blair earlier predicted westbound 44 would be open before evening rush.
Blair says the flood water is receding off the eastbound lanes of I-44 in St. Louis County, too, but at a much slower pace.
It is not known when that side might reopen.
All lanes of southbound Interstate 55 in Arnold reopen to traffic between St. Louis and Jefferson counties.
MoDOT does not anticipate the continued rains Thursday to force any new closures of major roadways in the St. Louis region. Engineer Karen Yeomans says it is hampering efforts to re-open some roads.
“It’s going to be longer before we can get 141 open. It’ll be sometime early next week, where earlier in this week we thought it might have been on the weekend,” Yeomans says. “That’s the main effect this additional rain is having.”
MoDOT also says Route 50 at Mt. Sterling in Gasconade County is now open to traffic after being closed since Monday because of flooding.
The traffic flow resumed on the closed section of southbound Interstate 55 early Thursday morning.
Another bit of good news from MoDOT this afternoon — Highway 109 north of Interstate 44 has re-opened.
It has still not been decided if classes at Eureka High School will be held Friday. All schools in the Rockwood School District will remain closed through Friday.