St. Louis permanently closing downtown I-64 ramps to make way for MLS stadium

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ST. LOUIS – As the start date for construction of a new soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis approaches, the city is closing a handful of Interstate 64 ramps ahead of their removal.

The ramps are located between 20th and 22nd streets in downtown, the area that’s been selected as the footprint for the new MLS stadium district, which includes the soccer-specific stadium, franchise headquarters, and practice fields.

The ramps will be closed Monday, February 3 at 10 a.m.

“We’re doing our best to get the word out there and hopefully it trickles down to folks who didn’t hear it the first time or second or third time,” said Jamie Wilson, Department of Streets director for the city of St. Louis. “I’ll just say try looking in advance and be patient.”

“It’s going to take a couple weeks, maybe a month of folks trying. You may see a backup one day, no backup the next day; because nobody wants to back to the same situation.”

Wilson said the street crews will monitor traffic flow and make adjustments as needed to speed up problem areas.

“We’re creating this interchange, this local support system for this new development area,” he said. “This will keep pushing forward our momentum downtown as far as revitalizing; more development, more action.”

St. Louis and the ownership group MLS4THELOU identified the ramps that will be closed:

I-64 Westbound

  • On-ramp from Pine Street and Market Street
  • Exit 39 at Market Street

I-64 Eastbound

  • On-ramp from South Ewing Avenue
  • On-ramp from Pine Street and Market Street
  • Exit 36B at N. 20th Street and Chestnut Street

The city has shared detour routes to help commuters adjust to these ramp closures.

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