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I-64/40 Construction Project Begins Friday Night

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A huge traffic tie-up could be in the works.  MoDOT is recommending that drivers be prepared for the construction project on the double-decker section of Interstate 64/Highway 40.  It all begins Friday night and could last for weeks.

At least one driver is not looking forward to it, "I`m not happy about it. I hate all the construction. 40 is always under construction. I mean, I`m tired of it."

Beginning Friday night, westbound I-64/40 will be completely shut down starting at Broadway and going all the way to 21st.  If there is a Cardinal or Blues game, workers will open one lane for two hours before the game so fans can use the road.  After the game crews will allow folks to exit from the game, down the highway, toward west St. Louis County.

This complete closure should last until Sunday morning.  This type of event will happen 13 times until the end of the year in both the east and west directions.

At one point, both eastbound and westbound I-64/40 will be torn up.  Even during peak travel times, at least one lane of the heavily traveled road will be closed.

MoDOT engineer Deanna Venker had this advice, "We want people to start flexing their time over the next several months. We're asking motorists to use 255, use 270, use McKinley, Eads, MLK, and more important, try to telecommute or use MetroLink."

Bill Bolster travels the road every week day, "It`s going to be like when the highway was shut down. I took so many ways to get into downtown to avoid the highway get around the closure, that I`ll end up doing the same thing."