Traffic updates: Rush Hour in St. Louis

Martin Luther King Bridge closing for entire year while IDOT repairs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Starting Monday, August 27 the Martin Luther King Bridge in downtown St. Louis will shut down for a year for bridge work. IDOT said crews will perform extensive work on the east side of the bridge.

Drivers will have to use a different downtown bridge to get around, and with ongoing construction on the Poplar Street Bridge, it might be best to consider the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

In response to the closure the St. Clair County Transit District said it's teaming up with Citizens for Modern Transit, or CMT, to encourage people to use public transportation and they want to remind people about their "Try and Ride" program. Staff said the goal of the program is to help people who are new to public transit and provide tips and route information. Staff said riders can try a first month for free. More information on the program can be found here.