A friendly reminder to St. Charles drivers - overnight lane closures will start on the Blanchette Bridge tonight.
The closures are needed in preparation for the major rehabilitation of the bridge's westbound span, which is expected to start in 2012. The current work will move utilities from the westbound bridge to the eastbound lanes.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the annual number of traffic deaths in the state continues to decline.
The patrol says 773 people died in 2011, a 5 percent reduction from the 821 people killed in 2010.
It was the first year since 1949 that Missouri has had fewer than 800 fatalities from traffic accidents.
In 2005, 1,257 people died in traffic accidents in the state. That number has decreased every year since then. The patrol reports that seven people died in traffic accidents in Missouri in the first days of 2012.
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.