ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-MoDOT closed southbound Interstate 55 at Butler Hill Road. This closes off access between St. Louis and Jefferson counties. Northbound I-55 remains open but is expected to close soon.
When it happens, northbound will be closed at Richardson Road.
According to a news release, Route 141 at Romaine Creek and Route 21 at the Meramec River are also closed. At this time Route 61/67/Lemay Ferry/JeffCo Boulevard and Route 231/Telegraph are open.
The company is optimistic one lane in each direction will stay open on these bridges. However, they are continuing to monitor the rising waters near those roads.
Once the interstate is completely shut down, MoDOT advises drivers to use Jeffco Boulevard/Lemay Ferry Rd. or Telegraph Road to travel between St. Louis County and Jefferson County. If those routes become inaccessible, drivers will have to find passable roads in Illinois.
The Meramec River is projected to crest at 46 feet in this area which is six inches below where it crested in 2015. Flooding associated with that event also shut down the interstate.
Drivers can expect heavy traffic in the Fenton area. For people who live or work in Fenton, Bowles Ave. will be the only access point.
Other closures around the St. Louis region include:
- I-44 between I-270 in St. Louis County and Route 100/Gray Summit in Franklin County. Local traffic only is allowed westbound to Bowles and eastbound to Pacific, Eureka and Route 109. Interstate traffic cannot get through this area. Route 100 remains the alternate route for I-44 travelers but delays are up to two hours.
- Route 30/Gravois (St. Louis County) at Meramec River is closed.
- Route 109 (St. Louis County) is closed from Old State Road to Route W/FF. There is no access to I-44 from Route 109.
- Route 67 is reduced to one lane with traffic from Alton, IL into Missouri between the Mississippi River and Missouri River.
- Route 141 at I-44 in St. Louis County is closed and will remain closed most of the week.
MoDOT is asking drivers to avoid using Bowles Ave. if possible to give more room to the people trying to get home and to work in that area.
Drivers can expect closures to last until at least Friday.
To stay current on all flooding closures, visit: http://traveler.modot.org/map/. You can also call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) for up-to-date information.