ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There could be delays for drivers heading into or out of downtown this weekend.
MoDOT is completely closing a stretch of Interstate 64/Highway 40 for the entire weekend to demolish two bridges in the Grove neighborhood.
The bridges coming down are the Boyle and Tower Grove Avenue bridges.
The Tower Grove bridge has been closed since January for utility work. Crews will close the Boyle Bridge after the morning rush.
MoDOT says it will shut down I-64 between Kingshighway and Forest Park Avenue at 8:00pm Friday and reopen by 5:00am Monday.
The two bridges will be torn down and rebuilt.
This is the latest part of ongoing construction in the Grove area near the new Cortex development close to the Barnes-Jewish Medical Center.
Two other bridges – Taylor and Newstead – have already been demolished and rebuilt.
Those new bridges are now open and drivers can use them to help get around this weekend’s closure.
There will be a marked detour for drivers who need to get off I-64.
If you’re heading west, you will get off at Forest Park Avenue, then head down to Kingshighway and get back on I-64 from Kingshighway.
If you’re heading east , you will get off at Hampton and take that to I-44, where you can head downtown.
Be aware that several ramps will also be closed with this highway shutdown.
Both bridges are expected to reopen by mid-June.
A pedestrian overpass over I-64 at Spring will also be taken down this weekend.
With the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament going on at the Scottrade Center, this closure could be an issue for some people. Just be careful and make sure you know where you are going.