ST. CHARLES, MO. (KTVI) - This fall a major overhaul of the Blanchette Bridge will close the westbound lanes of the I-70 Bridge for about a year. The closures have business owners in St. Charles cringing at the idea and worried about their future.
MoDOT says the repairs on the Blanchette Bridge will not begin any earlier than November 1st, but some local business owners in historic downtown St. Charles are already worried. Many restaurants and local shops along Main Street in St. Louis rely heavily on their tourist foot traffic that comes from across the Missouri river.
The MoDOT repair work will detour traffic coming from the St. Louis County side of the river. Business owners are nervous that this will discourage visitors from making the drive. They want to inform everyone about alternative routes to get to St. Charles to shop and eat. The city of St. Charles is holding informational meetings next week about alternative routes, like the Page Extension and Highway 370's Discovery Bridge.
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