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1:42 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Driving In East St. Louis Soon? Here's Where Traffic Might Slow You Down

Credit (via Flickr/Zahlm)

If you’re headed from downtown to East St. Louis over the next 9 days, expect traffic.

Eastbound I-64 will be closed from the I-55/70/64 split to 25th Street in East St. Louis. 

The closure starts tonight at 9 p.m.  The interstate is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept. 23.

Advice from the Illinois Department of Transportation:

  • Expect delays, especially during rush hour
  • Use the designated detour on eastbound I-55/70 to southbound I-255
  • Try to use alternate routes
  • Use public transit whenever possible
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Mississippi River Bridge
4:46 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Standards For Minority, Female Worker Participation Set In IDOT, Union Agreement

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and labor unions have signed off on an agreement that sets requirements for state-funded bridge and road projects.

Union and church leaders met with Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider at the new Mississippi River Bridge Wednesday, celebrating the new Project Labor Agreement that will set standards for minority and female participation.

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Poplar Street Bridge
3:27 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Illinois OK's Funding For Poplar Street Bridge Changes

Gov. Pat Quinn has promised $25 million for Illinois's share of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.
via Flickr/binkle_28

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has promised his state's share of the $80 million needed to widen and upgrade the Poplar Street Bridge.

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Poplar Street Bridge
5:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

East-West Gateway Signs Off On Poplar Street Bridge Upgrades

The Poplar Street Bridge.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge.

Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups.

"As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and that creates a choke point," Wild said.

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Economy
4:52 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Illinois and Missouri agree on Poplar Street Bridge upgrades

Lane and ramp upgrade designs for Poplar Street Bridge vincinity
HDR Engineering

Illinois and Missouri officials appear to agree on a series of phased upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The plan would add a third eastbound I-64 lane over the bridge, as well as provide a two-lane onramp from northbound I-55.

MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the $80 million in upgrades will go a long way toward smoothing the flow of traffic over the Mississippi.   

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Safe driving campaign
6:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

IDOT launches road safety campaign

(via Flickr/Be.Futureproof)

Starting today, motorists in Illinois will see safe driving messages on the state's digital road signs.

The campaign from the Illinois Department of Transportation is an effort to reduce the number of fatal accidents in the state. So far this year, 479 people have died on Illinois roads, compared with 418 by the same time last year.

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Re-routing I-70
5:50 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Metro East officials fight to keep Mo. bridge ramp open

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern says closing an eastbound ramp to the Poplar Street Bridge would cut off traffic from East St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Plans to re-route Interstate 70 over the new Mississippi River Bridge are facing a roadblock from stakeholders in the Metro East. The $55 million project includes eliminating the east-bound ramp that connects Interstates 70 and 44 to the Poplar Street Bridge.

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern told the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday that cutting access to the bridge would strangle an already struggling economy.

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Morning round-up
7:29 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Victim of tent collapse died of blunt force trauma

The St. Louis medical examiner says a man who was killed when a tent collapsed near Busch Stadium on Saturday died of blunt force trauma.

58-year-old Alfred Goodman of Waterloo, Ill., was the only fatality when a party tent at Kilroy’s Sports Bar blew apart in a violent thunderstorm. 100 people were treated at the scene, and another 16 taken to local hospitals.

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Illinois Roads
1:15 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

IDOT unveils 6-year, $9.2 billion road program

(via Flickr/Be.Futureproof)

The Quinn administration says it will repair 2,300 miles of road and 500 bridges over the next six years as it uses the last dollars from a massive public-works program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the latest update to its road plan Monday. It calls for spending $9.2 billion by the year 2018.

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Illinois Transportation
1:25 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

LaHood to announce $44M for Illinois road, rail

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

More than $44 million in federal transportation money is headed to Illinois for two projects in the Chicago area and one in Alton in southern Illinois.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is to announce the funding Thursday at a Chicago "L" station with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's part of more than a half-billion dollars in federal transportation funding for 46 projects in 33 states.

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