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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - You can’t miss seeing the St. Louis Gateway Arch, but there were plenty of weekend visitors having a hard time reaching the area’s most famous landmark.

An interstate shutdown and multiple street closures caused plenty of confusion.  Here’s a look at the major projects and detours:

http://www.modot.org/stlouis/road_construction/weeklyupdate.htm

Much of the construction is part of the much talked about CityArchRiver project.

http://myarchstory.cityarchriver.org/?gclid=CMqv3bLL5r4CFYk7MgodJi4AiQ

What some St. Louisians call the depressed section near the St. Louis Gateway Arch is technically Interstate 44.  MoDot is shutting down I-44 this weekend from the Poplar Street Bridge to Broadway.  The weekend closure is scheduled to last until 5am Monday.

MoDOT will be removing the Chestnut and Market Street bridges to make room for the much talked about lid over the interstate.

http://www.modot.org/stlouis/major_projects/ParkovertheHighway.htm

Some Arch visitors complained their GPS took them to construction zone dead ends.

“We made a left turn, made another left turn and then had to make another left turn,” said Stanley Johnson, a visitor from Wisconsin.

“We just kept driving in circles,” said one visitor from Utah.

Mike Louden decided to park and wait by his van while his family went inside the Arch.

“There is a maze of one way streets and arrows that seem to point you in the right direction, and then all of a sudden you find out you’re going the wrong way,” said Louden.

MoDOT says the completed project will be a big improvement.

"This is a huge, huge deal for St. Louis,” said MoDOT’s Deanna Venker.   “It’s really changing the way downtown looks and feels.”

She said the completed project will eliminate visual barriers, and allow visitors to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch without even realizing a highway is underneath.

“I look forward to that,” said Louden.

Brad Megahee agrees.  He was visiting St. Louis from Colorado.

“I think that’s great for pedestrian access and for public use,” said Megahee.  He felt the finished project would give visitors a better opportunity to congregate and view what he called, “the beauty of the Arch.”

8 comments

  • Charles ba

    I just checked my state map and it shows that this is highway 70. Not 44 . This is so confusing.

  • Ta

    That is 70, not 44. You are going to cause a lot of people some trouble that could otherwise be avoided if you were accurate.

  • Bill Spencer

    It seems that MoDot has renamed the section of highway formerly I-70 from I-55 to the south and the new bridge to the north, I-44. So the “depressed” section by the Arch is now I-44.

  • SL

    The depressed interstate in downtown was relabeled I-44 when the Stan Musial bridge was opened. I-70 formally crosses into Illinois over the new bridge and no longer enters downtown at all.

  • Robert

    Yeah this section is now I-44 and no longer I-70. I-70 leaves Missouri over the Stan Musial bridge.

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