ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The stretch of Interstate 64/Highway 40 in the city that was shut down this weekend so crews could demolish two bridges is reopened.
The lanes are set up differently now, while crews work on the new bridges and drivers need to be aware of these changes.
There are now barriers on I-64/40 marking off the new lane configuration and three lanes instead of four between Kingshighway and Vandeventer.
The lanes are narrower than they used to be. They are only 10 feet wide. They have been shifted more to the center of the highway so crews have more room to work on the right side of the interstate.
Also, the right lane past Hampton is an exit only lane for Kingshighway.
I-64/40 between Hampton and Forest Park Parkway was shut down over the weekend so crews could demolish the Taylor and Newstead Avenue bridges over I-64/40.
Crews finished the work way ahead of schedule. Originally, I-64/40 was scheduled to be closed possibly until 3:00 a.m. Monday. But MoDOT tells us the interstate was completely reopened by 7:00pm Sunday.
MoDOT is concerned about congestion and is urging drivers to use alternate routes like I-44 and I-70.
MoDOT says the new lane set up could stay this way for a while.
The two new bridges aren’t set reopen until November. The entire, larger project in the area, runs for a year and a half.