ST LOUIS (News release) – Both directions of Interstate 55 are closed at the St. Louis and Jefferson County line at the Meramec River, mile marker 193. Duration of closure is unknown.

Route 231/Telegraph is the only crossing open between the counties. The alternate route at this time is Route 231 to US 61/67 to Imperial Main St.

Both directions of I-44 remain closed in St. Louis County. The closure is between I-270 in St. Louis County and Route 100 at Gray Summit in Franklin County due to flooding of the Meramec River at Route 141. The closure is between mile marker 253 and 274 and is expected to last a few days. With many other roads closed in the St. Louis area, the open roads are experiencing extreme congestion.

Interstate travelers can use Interstate 57 in Illinois to cross the Mississippi River at Sikeston, Mo., and reconnect to I-55.

Other roads closed in St. Louis County are:

Route 30, in both directions between 141 and Fahning Rd.

Route 21, in both directions between just West of 141 and Walden Ridge Rd.

Route 61, in both directions at the Meramec River bridge, MoDOT reports. However KMOX’s traffic reporter Rodger Brand tweeted this early Thursday morning:

Stretches of 141 are closed between Old Highway 141 and 13th St., and at the I-44 crossing. Southbound 141 is closed at the route 30 crossing.

Motorists needing to travel across Missouri are encouraged to use I-70 to I-49 in Kansas City to I-44 in Joplin or the reverse depending on eastbound or westbound travel.

With more than 200 roads under water throughout the state, drivers are encouraged to check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map or call the department’s toll free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get updated information on road conditions.

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