MoDOT introduces plans to widen I-64

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) – There`s relief in sight for West St. Louis County commuters.  MoDOT is preparing to add extra lanes to Interstate 64 west of I-270.

Construction of the $28 million project will begin in September 2014 with the addition of one lane westbound from I-270 to the Clarkson-Olive interchange.  Plans call for interchange improvements at Mason Road and Highway 141 as well as 141 at St. Luke`s Hospital Dr.  Work on an additional eastbound lane from 141 to I-270 should begin in the fall of 2015.

MoDOT Area Engineer Michelle Voegele said all the expansion will occur within the interstate`s existing right of way.  Lanes will be narrowed from the current 12 feet to 11 feet wide.  Three lanes in each direction will remain open during construction.
Voegele compared the project to one recently completed to widen I-270 from I-44 to Manchester Rd.

Nearly $28 million in federal funds is available for the project.  Residents whose property qualifies for sound wall construction have been mailed ballots requesting their vote either for or against the installation of a sound wall adjacent to their property.

"It`s a very complicated policy behind it," said Town and Country 4th Ward Alderman Linda Rallo whose ward is impacted by the expansion.  Properties with a high concentration of residents like apartments or a retirement project are more likely to qualify for the sound wall than homeowners with large lots.

The public was invited to a MoDOT open house Thursday afternoon to hear explanations of the plan.   You can also go to the MoDOT web site for more information and to leave comments

The web site will host a 'virtual public meeting about plans to widen I-64 until June 20, 2014.
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