Driving from Illinois into St. Louis on Monday could involve a major traffic delay. MoDOT was unable to finish a resurfacing project because the bridge needed more repairs than expected.
Westbound I-64 will be closed heading into downtown St. Louis through at least the Monday morning commute and possibly longer.
"This may go into Tuesday or Wednesday," said Ed Hassinger, MoDOT district engineer.
He said the goal was to repair concrete underneath the pavement but the concrete problems were worse than expected.
In some cases enough concrete chipped away to leave a visible hole.
"We're going to chip out all the bad concrete, pour it with new concrete and then put a new surface over the top," explained Hassinger.
We drove into Illinois just to see how long it would take on Sunday to get across the bridge. We started in East St. Louis at 5:18pm. It took about 20 minutes to drive into Illinois.
One driver described her estimated rate of speed as, "Zilch to none for a while."
Another one offered this advice, "Dear St. Louis people, take a different route."
MoDOT suggests taking the Eads, McKinley, Martin Luther King or JB Bridge. Another option is Metrolink.
Website: MoDOT I-64 Double Deck Rehab Work