Ground was broken Thursday on the new Daniel Boone Bridge just west of Chesterfield.
The $111 million project will replace a 75-year-old span over the Missouri River and link St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.
MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the bridge is the final project to make I-64 a true, interstate-quality, highway.
“We’re thrilled today to start on the project,” Hassinger says. “The design is about 90 percent complete and you’re going to see people starting work on the ground this month. The plan is that we’ll have the new bridge open in 2014.”
Westbound I-64 at the Daniel Boone Bridge will be closed starting at around 6 a.m. on Sunday.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is encouraging motorists to use I-270 to I-70, or Route 364 to Route 94. People returning to St. Louis from St. Charles County will be able to use eastbound I-64.
Mark Croarkin is the St. Louis bridge engineer for MoDOT. He says the Boone Bridge over the Missouri River will be closed for a routine inspection.