DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Traffic headaches in downtown St. Louis this weekend, but they come with what many view as some good news. Interstate 44 is closed in both directions from Broadway to the Poplar Street Bridge, the depressed section of I-44 through downtown. That area is considered part of I-44 following the rerouting of Interstate 70 following the completion of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Crews are placing girders, or support beams, in place so they can literally put a lid on top of the highway. That cover will allow work crews to build a park over the top of the interstate. This massive lid will become parkland and eliminate the gap that has always existed between downtown and the Arch grounds.
Crews are placing in forty massive girders, each one a hundred feet long and weighing fourteen tons.
The Eads Bridge is also closed to help make sure traffic moves through the detour smoothly.
The closures will remain in place until 5:00am Monday. After the lanes reopen, crews will keep the ramp from westbound I-44 to the Poplar Street Bridge closed until before the morning rush on July 18th.
This work is part of the big City-Arch-River project set to be complete by the middle of 2015.
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