Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The thousands of motorists who use the double deck stretch of I-64 between 21st Street and the Poplar Street Bridge could face some new headaches soon, as MoDOT begins major renovation work.

Area engineer Deanna Venker tells KMOX they’ll be installing a new concrete surface and replacing 37 expansion joints.  The work is expected to begin either late this year, or in early 2012.

Venker says they’ll try to ease the pain by keeping two lanes open during rush hours.”That’s going to vary by direction…whether you’re going east or westbound,” Venker said. “And then during off-peak time periods we will have two lanes closed in order to do that type of work.”

Venker says there will be full closures over weekends and it could take a year to finish the job.

“It could last over a year’s time frame,” Venker said. “This job is also very weather dependent so they can’t work when it’s over 90 degrees or can’t do some work when it’s under 40 degrees.”

MoDOT is holding a public meeting on the project next Wednesday afternoon at St. Louis City Hall.

Listen to the full interview below

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