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Lanes to Close on Westbound I-70 at Fifth Street Aug. 23

MoDOT will close all lanes of Westbound I-70 for 30 minutes around midnight Aug. 23.

MoDOT is giving us a taste of things to come with some temporary closures later this week.

Two lanes on westbound Interstate 70 will close on the Blanchette Bridge to the Fifth Street interchange overnight Thursday Aug. 23. 

In addition, the westbound ramp to northbound Fifth Street will also close between 10 p.m. Aug. 23 and 5 a.m. Aug. 24. 

All lanes of westbound I-70 will close around midnight for about 30 minutes so Missouri Department of Transportation contractors can remove the overhead sign truss located between the end of the bridge and the Fifth Street exit. 

Motorists are advised to avoid westbound I-70 whille this is going on. 

Walsh Construction Co. is expected to close the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge starting in November 2012 as part of a major rehabilitation project. The steel truss will be replaced in this $63 million project that's expected to last two years total.

Soon after the westbound span is closed, westbound traffic will be diverted onto the eastbound bridge. The bridge will be re-striped into three, 10-foot-wide lanes in each direction. MoDOT is removing the sign to make room for a temporary crossover pavement in the median.

After crossing the river, traffic will be diverted back to westbound I-70.

St. Charles and MoDOT are holding a series of about the bridge closures throughout August. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at . 

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