Updates from MoDOT regarding the continued work around the Meramec River:
Now that water levels in the Meramec River have dropped, crews have been working hard on building the foundation for the new westbound bridge in the river. We are still planning to make the shift to move eastbound traffic to the new westbound bridge in December of this year.
Work also continues on the westbound bridge from Watson Road to northbound and southbound I-270 and westbound I-44. Right now, we are tentatively planning to have a full closure on eastbound and westbound I-44 the weekend of September 13-16. By having this full closure, we will be able to get much of the remaining work that needs to be complete on the bridge, and anticipate a good chance that we can get the bridge open by the end of September – about a month early. This will, of course, continue to depend on weather.
The week prior to that, we anticipate having an additional westbound lane closed, during the day, to place girders for the bridge. Details on that, and the full closure, will be shared when we are a little closer to that week.
When the Watson Bridge reopens, we will reopen the ramp from Watson Road to northbound and southbound I-270 and westbound I-44. The eastbound lane which is closed around the clock will continue to remain closed through October.
We are still continuing to work on mainline pavement east and west of the Meramec River.
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