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Travel delays in downtown St. Louis are likely this weekend

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Lane closures on Interstate 64 and the Poplar Street Bridge will cause backups for drivers in downtown this weekend.

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.

MoDOT is urging people to avoid the Poplar Stret Bridge if possible. Detours include I-255, and the Eads, McKinley or MLK bridges.

Also this weekend, trucks will once again be restricted from the Broadway exit (249C) on Interstate 70 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, during the Rams football game. The decision was one made jointly by MoDOT, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the city of St. Louis and the Rams.

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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