Lanes of I-44 To Close in Franklin County Monday Night

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GRAY SUMMITT, MO (KTVI) - In Franklin County, they're gearing up for what could be the 'mother of all traffic jams.'  Interstate 44, which runs through the heart of the County, will shut down in on direction Monday night.

It is one of those projects people have been looking forward to for some time, but they'll have to endure a little pain as it goes in.

Of course, Route 100 is one of the main arteries in Franklin County. Now the Missouri Department of Transportation is working on a new Route 100 bridge over Interstate 44. To get that work done, they will have to shut down the westbound lanes of I-44 at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

In addition, they'll be closing the eastbound lanes for 20 minutes stretches five times as the night goes on.  All this is happening as they put in the bridge girders. 

People heading down Interstate 44 Monday night are being told to take I-270 in St. Louis County to Highway 30 and use that to get past the construction. But folks passing through aren't likely to know the tricks, so you can expect some significant traffic in that area overnight.

Also, the old Route 100 bridge, part of the old Route 66, will be closed until mid-August. The good news, however, is that the project will be complete by then.

Website: MoDOT's Franklin County Projects