All lanes open on the Blanchette Bridge

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- Construction on the Blanchette Bridge  has been completed, with all five lanes open in both directions on I-70 Blanchette Bridge.  The bridge spans the Missouri River between St. Louis and St. Charles Counties along Interstate 70.

"That is good news, and a beautiful thing man," motorist Felix Buchanan said. "Right now it is so slow."

The 11-month-long restoration project cost $64 million.

"Five lanes in each direction across the bridge will be open," MoDOT Engineer Tom Evera said. "The project is finishing up a month ahead of schedule."

Over the weekend, construction crews will be putting some final touches on the eastbound portion of the bridge.

"We will be doing some painting and a few other things, so people can expect some delays on Friday and Saturday," Evers said.

During the project, traffic jams were a common sight.

"It was a lot of stopping a starting, and it was a lot of congestion," driver Laurinda Hardy said. "I think everyone is relieved that it will be finished."

The project did not go perfectly.

In June, a Jerseyville construction worker was killed while moving materials for the project at a staging area on the river. He was struck by a 55 gallon drum. Work on the project was halted while the accident was investigated.

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