Sunday, April 28, 2013
MoDOT will doing pavement repairs at Route 79 and re-striping on the Blanchette Bridge.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be busy on Monday in St. Charles County. MoDOT will close the far right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 near Route 79 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29 for pavement repairs, weather permitting. The lane closure will begin just east of Route 79. The entrance ramp from Route 79 to eastbound I-70 will also be closed. Northbound Route 79 motorists are advised to follow the message boards and use the north outer road to detour and access eastbound I-70. Closer to St. Louis, MoDOT will close multiple lanes in each direction on Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Missouri River Bridge from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday. Crews will be re-striping the lanes on the bridge as well as…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
MoDOT will make an emergency repair to a broken grate on westbound I-70.
One lane on westbound Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Missouri River bridge will be closed from 2:30 p.m. through evening rush hour on Jan. 31 for emergency repairs to a broken drain grate, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Motorists are advised to avoid westbound I-70 for evening rush and use Route 370 or Route 364 as alternate Missouri River crossings. The additional lane reduction will leave only two lanes open for westbound I-70. Both directions of I-70 are already reduced from five lanes in each direction down to three lanes in each direction and all traffic is using the eastbound bridge. Crews are completing a major rehabilitation project on the 1958 westbound Blanchette Bridge. The westbound bridge closed in …
Friday, January 18, 2013
MoDOT suggests motorists take I-364 or I-370 on Saturday.
MoDOT suggests taking an alternate route Saturday, Jan. 19 while an additional lane of westbound I-70 on the Blanchette Bridge is closed for repairs. MoDOT plans to close the right-hand lane from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. so that they can fill potholes and make minor repairs. The closure leaves only two lanes open on westbound I-70 over the Missouri River. Motorists may take I-370 or I-364 (the Page Extension) as an alternate. Interstate 70 has already been reduced from five lanes in each direction down to three lanes in each direction as all traffic is routed to the eastbound bridge during replacement of the old westbound bridge. The new bridge is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2013. Motorists are advised to slow down in the work zone and …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Page Extension and two new Missouri River bridges top the list.
A press release issued by the Missouri Department of Transportation listed eight projects in St. Charles County in 2012 that "continue to improve the quality of life in the county and its connection to the region."
Friday, December 14, 2012
Also: A bypass for drivers on South Main Street will be in use beginning on Monday.
Ongoing work on the Blanchette Bridge over the Missouri River will alter traffic this weekend and next week. Maintenance work will close a lane of the Blanchette Bridge on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., crews will close the right lane westbound to perform some maintenance work. When the work is finished, crews will then close the right lane eastbound. The work is expected to be finished by noon. Starting Monday, Dec. 17, drivers on South Main Street under the Blanchette Bridge will be detoured onto a bypass located adjacent to existing S. Main Street. Crew will be removing the old bridge deck directly over Main Street. Motorists are being advised to slow down as speeds will be reduced through the area. The bypass will be used off and …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
St. Charles County Area Engineer Tom Evers said blast was successful with only superficial damage to one of the piers.
Contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation blasted the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge Tuesday morning while a crowd of hundreds watched from the riverfront in St. Charles. The steel in the top of the bridge was blasted while the piers will be rehabbed. St. Charles County Area Engineer Tom Evers said it appeared one center piers had superficial damage to it. Crews have 24 hours to remove the section closest to St. Louis County from the river and 48 hours to remove the rest of the steel. Crowds gathered on the riverfront near Bishop's Landing wondered what would happen to the birds during the blast. "We set charges to scare the fish away before we do the real blast," Evers said. "We do environmental screenings of …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Interstate 70 at the bridge will be closed for one hour for safety.
More closures are coming next week to the Blanchette Bridge. Weather permitting, portions of Interstate 70 over the Missouri River will close Tues., Dec. 4. The closure is expected to be for one hour. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be blasting the remaining two sections of the steel truss on the closed westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge. Sections of the bridge were blown up earlier in November. Road crews will close one lane of I-70 in both directions at 9 a.m. An hour later, at 10 a.m., all eastbound I-70 traffic will be detoured off the highway at Route 94 and directed to Route 364 where they can proceed eastbound on Route 364 to Interstate 270 and back north to I-70. Westbound traffic will be detoured off the highway …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Missouri Department of Transportation shut down traffic on Sunday on the Blanchette Bridge so that crews could implode a section of the bridge.
Crews shut down the entire Blanchette Bridge in St. Charles for about an hour Sunday while a portion of the westbound span of the bridge was detonated. A second blast is planned for after Thanksgiving and will be visible from the St. Charles riverfront. The Blanchette Bridge is undergoing major reconstruction that is expected to last until fall 2013. "This is vital work that we need to do to keep I-70 a viable cross country corridor, but we can do that in a way that will keep the businesses functioning and get commuters to work," MoDOT Area Engineer Ed Hassinger said. "We're going to do this really fast."
Friday, November 2, 2012
MoDOT will close the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge over the weekend and redirect westbound traffic onto the eastbound span of the bridge.
Missouri Department of Transportation will close the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge for a major reconstruction project for a year starting this weekend. Missouri Department of Transportation District Engineer Ed Hassinger said I-70 is a great route during the day, but encourages drivers to seek alternate routes during rush hour. "This is vital work that we need to do to keep I-70 a viable cross country corridor, but we can do that in a way that will keep the businesses functioning and get commuters to work," Hassinger said. "We're going to do this really fast." Tom Evers, St. Charles County Area Engineer for MoDOT anticipates traffic may be congested on Monday. "We know there's going to be a lot of people who may not know what …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is encouraging drivers to find alternate routes to avoid traffic delays during the 12-month construction of the Blanchette Bridge.
Drivers may want to find alternate routes to avoid traffic delays during the upcoming 12-month construction of the Blanchette Bridge. In two weeks, crews will begin repair work closing the westbound lanes of the bridge. Starting that first weekend of November, westbound I-70 traffic will be detoured to the eastbound I-70 bridge lanes for 12 months, with three lanes for eastbound and three lanes for westbound traffic. Immediately off the end of the bridge, there will be pavement in the median to move the three westbound lanes back over to the normal westbound pavement. The entire bridge and parts of I-70 will be closed for an hour during bridge blasts on three different days in November and early December. MoDOT suggests drivers flex work …