MoDOT repaving project of I-44 bridge over the Meramec river could stall traffic

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - There is a new lane set up on I-44 west this morning at the Meramec river bridge near I-270 that could impact commuters, especially for this evening`s rush hour. It`s all part of MoDOT`s ongoing repaving project of the I-44 bridge over the Meramec.

MoDOT started the paving project on I-44 west over the bridge here right after Labor Day. For the past week and a half or so, the far right lane on westbound I-44 has been closed for repaving. That is now done and crews this morning have closed the second lane from the right.

Starting this morning, that second right lane will be closed round the clock for repaving. That is going to be a new look for I-44 westbound drivers. The Soccer Park exit at I-44 and 270 has been closed since the westbound repaving started. Now, with the far right lane done, drivers coming onto 44 west from 270 south can take the Soccer Park exit at least for the next several days. But drivers on I-44 west and those coming onto I-44 west from I-270 north will still not be able to take that exit. Those drivers will still have to go to Bowles to access the Soccer Park area.

Crews are going lane to lane repaving the westbound side of the bridge. The lane shifts and ongoing traffic issues are expected to continue for about another five weeks.