ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Tuesday night marked the beginning of the end of construction on a stretch of I-64 notorious for those orange construction barrels.
MoDOT begin shifting the final phase of work on the downtown section of I-64 from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes.
The task on Tuesday night was to move a construction barrier to prepare for the final phase.
That required shutting down all of the westbound lanes and closing 2 east bound lanes overnight.
Drivers have complained that the work has caused delays.
“It costs me 45 minutes every day just to get across the bridge,” said one driver.
Another said, “It’s been horrible but it`s going to be worth it.”
The work on the westbound lanes is now nearly completed. Some weekend work will still be done during the next several weeks.
The focus of construction and delays will now shift to the eastbound lanes of I-64 downtown.
MoDOT engineer Deanna Venker says work on the entire downtown section of I-64 has been ongoing for nearly 12 years.
She says most of that work has been to minimize the damage an earthquake would cause.
“A lot of the work we did with the seismic work was punching holes through the deck and attaching steel to strengthen that deck,” explained Venker.
There were also emergency repairs this summer when MoDOT discovered gaping holes underneath the pavement.
Venker predicts that all the construction will be finished by November 1st.
During the rest of September and October expect at least one lane of eastbound 64 to be closed.