Monday morning the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will begin work on an $18 million project to replace four bridges over Interstate 64.
MoDOT will close both Taylor and Newstead bridges shortly after rush hour and they will remain closed until November.
MoDOT engineer Deanna Venker says in addition to relieving traffic congestion, the work will lay a foundation for economic development in the area.
“BJC and Washington University are our partners in this project and have funded $9.75 million so that it can help grow this region and this area with the new Cortex development, the Shriners Hospital for Children that’s going in, it’s just going to be another avenue for access into this region,” Venker says.
Venker says drivers can use Tower Grove and Boyle as Detours.
Interstate 64 will be closed in both directions after evening rush hour on Friday so that crews can remove both bridges.