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MO-DOT to minimize I-64 inconvenience

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The head of the state's transportation department tried to assure the business community today about the biggest highway reconstruction project in Missouri's history.

Twelve miles of Interstate-64 in St. Louis city and county will be completely rebuilt at a cost of $535 million.

Beginning next January, it will take more than three years to complete.

But MO-DOT Director Pete Rahn told business leaders and civic officials today that the state will try to minimize the inconvenience.

"We will doing everything we can to mitigate the negative impacts that this project will have," Rahn said. "Everything we can. But we cannot eliminate those negative impacts."

Rahn says he expects MO-DOT to select a design firm for the project in about two months.

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