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The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor Millstone Bangert Inc. will permanently close the exit ramp 249A from eastbound Interstate 70 to 10th Street in St. Louis City at  9  a.m. October 10, 2011.

The ramp will be removed permanently so crews can construct roadway and ramps between I-70 and the new Mississippi River Bridge. The new ramps to the bridge will cross directly over the current location of the 10th Street exit ramps.

Drivers can use Broadway exit 250A to get into the city.

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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.

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Developer announces Del Taco building might not be demolished after all

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, at a public meeting last night, developer Rick Yackey said that he’s in  final negotiations with two tenants to occupy the shuttered former Del Taco building.

(St. Louis Public Radio via Google Maps)

If you need to get across the Missouri River from Chesterfield to St. Charles County on Sept. 25, plan ahead - your normal route won't be open.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is closing the westbound span of the Daniel Boone Bridge, which carries Interstate 64 over the Missouri River, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Workers must inspect the 1930s-era bridge, which carries more than 75,000 cars a day.

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St. Louisans can expect delays on Interstate 64 next spring as the Missouri Department of Transportation gets ready for major road construction on the highway east of Kingshighway.

The projects will be the subject of a public meeting on Thursday night at Stix Early Childhood Center, 647 Tower Grove Ave. They include:

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If you're heading downtown this weekend, be patient - roadwork by the Missouri Department of Transportation is probably going to cause back-ups.

MoDOT crews will be closing all lanes of Interstate 64 from Jefferson through the Poplar Street Bridge at 3 a.m. Saturday, with the lanes re-opening Sunday afternoon around 3. An eastbound lane and  two westbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge will close at 5 a.m. Saturday and re-open around 5 p.m. Sunday.  All the lane closures are needed so crews can do earthquake retrofit work.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has canceled some lane closures on the Poplar Street Bridge this weekend.

All lanes on the Poplar Street Bridge will be open this weekend, though the department will still close the I-55 northbound exit ramp from 11 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday. 

Some of the work can't be done in the predicted rainy weather, says MoDOT spokeswoman Kara Price, though she says crews may also have taken into consideration the numerous events at downtown venues this weekend.

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MoDOT does not have enough money budgeted to finish reducing the number of rest areas along Missouri’s interstate highways.

A plan adopted 11 years ago called for reducing the number of facilities from 34 down to 24.  Today, there are 27 facilities open at 17 sites.

MoDOT Assistant Chief Engineer Don Hillis says it’ll take more than $96 million to finish the work.

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Several construction projects will impact traffic on metro area interstates this weekend, mainly around downtown St. Louis and I-270 near I-44.

(St. Louis Public Radio via Google Maps)

A replacement for the oldest interstate bridge in the St. Louis region has gotten the green light from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

The Commission this morning approved $120 million for a new westbound Daniel Boone Bridge, which carries traffic on Highway 40 across the Missouri River. The westbound span was built in the 1930s and needs constant maintenance.

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Interstate 170 at Delmar Boulevard will be closed this weekend, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Crews have to set girders and install portions of the driving surface of a new Delmar bridge.

 Andrew Gates, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation, says traffic will be detoured from the interstate up the ramps at Delmar and then back down onto the interstate.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of Interstate 170 at Delmar next Friday, July 8, to set girders and install portions of the driving surface for the new bridge.

Lane closures will start around 7 p.m. on July 8, and all lanes will be open again by the morning rush hour on Monday, July 11.

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The moderate flooding along the Mississippi River at St. Louis is costing crews building the piers for the new bridge a couple of days of work a week.

MoDOT project manager Greg Horn said workers are still out on the piers six days a week, 20 hours a day. But the flooding - the river is about five feet above flood stage - means crews can only work at about 60 percent efficiency.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is again urging motorists to avoid eastbound Interstate 70 just north of downtown as crews continue emergency repair work on the highway.


MoDOT to Lengthen Time at Yellow Lights

Drivers who hurry through yellow lights will soon have a little more time to do so at roughly 2,000 traffic signals on Missouri-controlled roads and highways.

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Updated 6:20 am Friday to correct layoff number.

Wednesday’s vote by state highway commissioners to downsize the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is meeting with criticism from the state’s leading agricultural lobby.

Missouri Farm Bureau officials say the 30-day notice given to the public about the plan was too short to allow for a full examination and for citizen comments.

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MoDOT building that will be shuttered in restructuring could get new life

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission yesterday approved a five-year reduction plan that will eliminate 1200 jobs and close 131 facilities - including district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs. But the building in Joplin could get see new life fairly quickly. The AP reports that MoDOT director Kevin Keith has offered the building to the Joplin School District, which saw a half-dozen buildings destroyed or damaged in the May 22 F5 tornado.

Keith says agency employees who would be in the building when school starts would be relocated to temporary quarters.

(Missouri Department of Transportation)

Missouri transportation officials have approved a plan to cut positions, close facilities and sell equipment to bolster money for road and bridge projects.

The Highways and Transportation Commission approved the proposal today.

Under the plan, about 1,200 positions will be cut, 131 facilities will be closed and 740 pieces of equipment will be sold.

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The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meets tomorrow to consider a proposal to restructure the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) over the next five years.   

The controversial plan calls for laying off 1,200 MoDOT workers, closing 135 facilities and selling off 740 pieces of equipment.

(Missouri Department of Transportation)

Interstate 170 near the Delmar Blvd. bridge will close at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 so crews with Millstone Bangert can remove the aging structure and begin construction on its replacement.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Calling it a "matter of survival" for his agency, Missouri Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith unveiled a five-year restructuring plan this morning that will eliminate 1,200 jobs, close 135 facilities, and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment.

(Missouri Department of Transportation)

The Delmar Blvd. bridge over Interstate 170 will be closed until it is replaced, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced today.

The department had closed the bridge yesterday to do some emergency repairs. A bridge inspection team, however, determined that the bridge would remain unsafe even with the repairs.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)


Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has released information to help those recovering avoid a "storm chasers" scam

Metro Transit is providing access to public transit to St. Louis County residents whose vehicles are buried under debris.  Metro Transit travels the affected communities and will help tornado victims get  to where they need to go via MetroBus and MetroLink. For more information, see this link.

To report power outages to Ameren, call 1-800-552-7583 (and you can see current listings of power outages).

Red Cross shelter and assistance information (Update: Maryland Heights shelter closing, supplies still available in Dellwood).

American Red Cross will be offering clean-up items from a fixed location at the Dellwood Recreation Center. See this link for more information.

Catholic Charities is accepting donations and providing assistance as well: call 314-367-5500

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626. 

People in St. Louis County who need assistance or want to volunteer can call 314-615-5000.

Lambert Airport list of airlines with contact information

From Mayor Slay via Twitter: For city residents, use @stlsb to report storm damage in your neighborhood.


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Officials with the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation are joining efforts to highlight Work Zone Safety Week, which begins today and runs through Friday.

With the start of spring in St. Louis, crews will be increasing construction efforts, patching potholes and resurfacing roads.

Ed Hassinger is district engineer with MoDOT. He says last year in St. Louis there were 2,500 accidents in work zones and eight people died.

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Depicted is the area of Interstate 70 that was closed this morning due to an accident that injured a Missouri Department of Transportation worker.

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker is hospitalized after being struck on Interstate 70 in St. Charles.

(Missouri Department of Transportation)

Missouri's transportation director says the state is nearing a crisis in highway funding and may have to turn away federal dollars unless it comes up with more of its own money for roads.

Department Director Kevin Keith told The Associated Press on Monday the agency now believes it must make about $300 million in cost cuts to free up enough state money to match federal highway dollars over the next five years. The department last year had set a goal of $200 million of savings.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has shut down a mile-long stretch of Route 109 in Wildwood to make emergency repairs to a crumbling hillside.

The department was planning to do the construction during the summer months, says district engineer Ed Hassinger. They've been watching the stretch of road between Turkey Track and Christy for the last couple of years.

The state of Missouri will likely spend more than $8 million removing snow from highways that fell during this week's major winter storms.

As of Thursday, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews have spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads, and have put in more than 40,000 hours of overtime.

  • The National Weather Service extended the blizzard warning this morning to include at least parts of the St. Louis metro area. The blizzard warning now includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Madison County and St. Charles County. The blizzard warning is in effect until noon Wednesday. Forecasters say wind gusts could reach 30 to 40 mph Tuesday afternoon.
  • The winter storm system that blanketed the region with snow overnight caused problems on area roads this morning. A few inches of snow were on the ground in St. Louis and suburbs, but that was enough to cause a large number of traffic accidents, mostly fender –benders. Most schools in the regions are closed. The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning motorists to exercise caution on overpasses and ramps. Drifting snow will continue to cause low visibility.

  • Attorney for George Ryan says they'll ask President Barack Obama to grant clemency to the imprisoned former Illinois governor after an appeals court refused to release Ryan on bail to spend more time with his terminally ill wife. Ryan's attorney, former Gov. James Thompson, told The Associated Press Monday that the request would be submitted to the White House within days. It will ask Obama to commute Ryan's sentence to his three years already served.

  • A St. Louis police officer is recovering after being dragged by a suspect's car during a traffic stop. Authorities say the officer pulled over the suspect because he believed he saw drugs in the car. They say the suspect rolled up his window, trapping the officer's arm in his car and dragging him a short distance. The officer's injuries were not serious. The suspect was arrested after crashing following a police chase.