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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A stretch of Kingshighway Boulevard that carries more than 40,000 vehicles a day, closed Monday for reconstruction.  The 75-year-old bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between Southwest/Vandeventer and Shaw Boulevard will be torn down and rebuilt over the next two years. The bridge will be removed in small sections in the coming weeks.

The Federal Highway Administration and Union Pacific Railroad have funded the $21 million project. The bridge will widen to 90 feet creating three lanes in each direction and sidewalks.

Traffic signal times in the area have been adjusted to help ease traffic congestion. Drivers will also notice additional lanes on Vandeventer and additional turn lanes at the Vandeventer/McRee and Vandeventer/Shaw intersections.

Contractor Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. will have to work around the Union Pacific schedule so as not to disrupt major cargo transportation.

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A rendering of the completed Kingshighway overpass.
A rendering of the completed Kingshighway overpass.