ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP)- The closure of one of two bridges carrying Interstate 70 traffic over the Missouri River at St. Charles is still five months away, but the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging commuters to start thinking about alternative routes.

MoDOT’s plan to close the westbound Blanchette Bridge was the subject of a meeting on Friday with St. Charles business owners. The bridge closes in November and will remain closed through 2013.

Some St. Charles merchants told KSDK-TV they are optimistic that business won’t be hurt. The eastbound bridge will carry traffic in both directions, though with just three lanes both ways instead of the normal five.

Linda Wilson of MoDOT says the bottleneck will be at morning and afternoon rush hour. She urges commuters to have a plan.

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