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Businesses get ready for I-64 project

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Work has already begun on a new I-64/I-170 interchange (KWMU photo/Tom Weber)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

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St. Louis, MO – You could call it Missouri's "Big Dig" just without the tunnels and the multibillion-dollar cost over-runs that Boston had.

Missouri's Department of Transportation is spending more than $500 million to rip up and completely rebuild a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 64. The project, through the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan region, started a couple of months ago.

The big mess, though, won't come until next year when both directions of the highway will be closed down for two years. Businesses along the I-64 corridor aren't exactly sure what that might mean for them, but they're not waiting around to find out.

KWMU's Tom Weber prepared this report for Marketplace.

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