Blanchette Bridge

1:54 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

All Lanes Open On Blanchette Bridge

Good news if your commute takes you across the Blanchette Bridge, the $64 million rehabilitation effort has is almost completed and all east and west bound lanes are now open to traffic. 

Missouri Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Linda Wilson-Horn says crews are wrapping up road work two months ahead of schedule.

“It was a huge undertaking," Wilson-Horn says.  "To watch them completely remove the bridge and completely rebuild it in ten months was an amazing process.”

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Road Work
11:55 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Blanchette Bridge Work Could Be Completed As Soon As Next Week

Months of detours and lane closures on the Blanchette Bridge could be coming to an end as early as next week.

Starting Monday night, crews will close one east-bound lane between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. through the workweek. Crews will then close up to two eastbound lanes across the bridge over the weekend.

Barring an unforeseen delay, Missouri Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Linda Wilson-Horn says they hope have the things back to normal on Monday next week.

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Blanchette Bridge
12:22 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Blanchette Bridge Will Open Three Months Early

The Blanchette bridge is demolished on Dec. 4, 2012. The new westbound span will open in August, three months ahead of schedule.
(via Missouri Department of Transportation)

Commuters who take Interstate 70 across the Missouri River got good news today from the Missouri Department of Transportation - the new westbound span of the Blanchette bridge will be open by August, three months ahead of schedule.

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Blanchette Bridge
2:41 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Boom! Final Section Of Blanchette Bridge Blasted For Rehab Project

The blasting of the Blanchette Bridge as part of a rehabilitation project on Dec. 4, 2012.
(via St. Louis Public Radio Flickr Group/User atomic playboy)

A big explosion has sent the final two sections of the westbound Blanchette Bridge into the Missouri River.

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3:08 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

MoDOT Implodes A Section Of The Blanchette Bridge

Crews blast off part of the Blanchette Bridge on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Department of Transportation Engineer for St. Charles County, Tom Evers, stood in a parking lot overlooking the Blanchette Bridge on Sunday morning.

For a guy who builds stuff for a living, he was pretty excited to help blow something up.  

“It is very cool to blow things up, I must admit,” Evers said, laughing.  “I’m excited about putting it back to together, but this is definitely a cool event.”

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Blanchette Bridge
12:47 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

MoDOT: Motorists Returning To Blanchette Bridge

Three days after the closure of the westbound lanes of the I-70 Blanchette Bridge, officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation say traffic continues to move smoothly.

However, they are concerned that motorists are falling back into old habits.

Linda Wilson Horn with MoDOT says they’ve seen a steady increase in drivers traveling I-70.

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Blanchette Bridge Roadwork
3:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Day Of Blanchette Bridge Closure Goes Smoothly

A MoDOT diagram of the highway configuration during the Blanchette Bridge project.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

This morning marked the first rush hour since all westbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge were closed late yesterday afternoon for a year-long construction project.

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Blanchette Bridge project preparation
4:42 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

St. Charles Prepares For Blanchette Bridge Congestion

A MoDOT diagram of the highway configuration during the Blanchette Bridge project.
(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

St. Charles city officials are hoping the year-long Blanchette Bridge roadwork that starts this weekend won’t have too much of a negative impact on its stores, casino and restaurants . 

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Blanchette Bridge
12:37 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

MoDOT to Close Eastbound Lanes of Blanchette Bridge This Weekend

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking public suggestions about the state rail plan. (MoDot)

Beginning at 8 p.m. this evening, three eastbound lanes on the Blanchette Bridge will be closed.

The lanes will be re-opened by 5 a.m. on Sunday. At least two eastbound lanes will stay open to traffic throughout the weekend.

Linda Wilson Horn with the Missouri Department of Transportation says they do expect backups as motorists coming from St. Charles County try to get across the bridge.

“We are restriping the bridge to get ready for what will be a major impact starting two weekends from now," said Wilson Horn.

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Morning Roundup
9:23 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

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Mo. judge to hear case against worship disruption law

A federal judge will hear arguments today in a lawsuit over Missouri's new law making it a crime to disturb a worship service.

Attorneys for the ACLU are seeking a temporary injunction to block the law that took effect last month.

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