ST. LOUIS- Major traffic trouble for drivers using a stretch of I-44 in the city of St. Louis starting Friday evening and continuing into Sunday morning.
Starting at 8 p.m. The Missouri Department of Transportation will completely close Interstate 44 between Hampton and Vandeventer.
Crews will close the eastbound 44 lanes at Hampton at 8p.m. then the westbound lanes at Vandeventer will shut down a few hours later at 11 p.m.
All of the eastbound 44 lanes are slated to reopen Saturday, August 18 by 5 p.m., however, the westbound lanes aren`t scheduled to reopen until Sunday morning.
The closure is needed so crews can demolish a pedestrian bridge over I-44 between Edwards and Kingshighway. Many people use it to walk over 44 to areas including the hill.
It was originally scheduled to be closed and replaced in December 2018 but after an inspection, MoDOT closed it back on August 6 because concrete on the bridge was significantly deteriorating.
The pedestrian bridge was built in the 1970's.
A new bridge is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.
MoDOT to close down I-44 between Hampton and Vandeventer in St. Louis City this weekend to remove pedestrian bridge over interstate. Use @Metro to get to @Cardinals games or other @downtownstlouis events. https://t.co/RrH7dBeQgU pic.twitter.com/4yT5fVNqwO
— MoDOT St. Louis Area (@MoDOT_StLouis) August 13, 2018
I-44 between Hampton and Vandeventer completely closing starting at 8pm tonight and continuing until Sunday morning. Highway closing so MoDOT crews can tear down pedestrian bridge over 44 in The Hill neighborhood. 44E closes at Hampton at 8pm tonight; 44W shutting down at...(1) pic.twitter.com/76vlYLQoDs
— Chris Regnier (@chrisregniertv) August 17, 2018