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Feds approve Highway 40 plans

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By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis – Interstate 64 is a step closer to getting a major facelift in St. Louis City and County.

KWMU has learned the federal government has approved MODOT's plans to rebuild 12 of the most heavily-traveled miles of the road (from Spoede Road to Sarah Street).

MODOT spokeswoman Linda Wilson says the project will cost about a half-billion dollars.

"We cannot proceed with design and going into all the property acquisition and construction until we had this record," Wilson said. "So it's a major step.

"We've jumped through all the hoops, we've documented everything and they are comfortable with the plan we have for rebuilding I-64."

The next step is to get the money approved the project, which should happen next week.

MODOT will then need a final construction schedule, so people have an idea of what kind of traffic snarls to expect in the next several years.
The entire project will take a few years and involve rebuilding all roads, bridges, and interchanges.

MO-DOT also hopes the project becomes a point when people stop calling the road "Highway 40" and start calling it "I-64."

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