CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Department of Transportation had to completely shut down eastbound Interstate 64/Highway 40 over the Daniel Boone Bridge in Chesterfield Friday after a crane hit the bridge. The incident caused a serious impact on traffic.
The bridge has since re-opened. Crews have removed and secured the crane that broke loose on the Missouri River. After an inspection, MoDOT has determined the bridge is safe for travel.
The crane was on a barge that broke away on the Missouri River. It’s from Walsh Construction and is part of the new Daniel Boone Bridge project.
MoDOT officials say the incident is weather related because of the massive storms we just had.
“The river cane up about 10 feet last night. There was high winds and it came up higher than we expected. The barge broke free, basically it was holding the crane, and it moved about 50 feet and it’s resting up against the bridge. The problem is, too, there’s a lot of debris building up against the barge and so there’s a lot of pressure on this bridge and so at this point there’s more and more pressure on it so we want to get the traffic off there and get that moved as quickly as possible,” said MoDOT District Engineer Greg Horn.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
MoDOT worked with several agencies, including the US Coast Guard, to move the barge.
Horn says MoDOT believes the barge moved the 50 feet slowly, and that the crane did not slam into the bridge, but gently eased into it, probably overnight. Workers first noticed the crane next to the bridge at 5:30am Friday.
MoDOT says only one lane will reopen going eastbound since crews are shutting down I-64/40 both ways in two spots starting Friday night in the Chesterfield Valley for the entire weekend. MoDOT is taking down the Chesterfield Airport Road Bridge and the Chesterfield Parkway West Bridge.
Traffic going east over the Daniel Boone Bridge was already scheduled to go down to one lane coming off the bridge to exit at Chesterfield Airport Road even before the crane problem.
The bottom line: MoDOT says consider an alternate route if you are planning to use I-64/40 in the Chesterfield Valley this weekend.