JEFFERSON CITY – Traffic on Interstate 70 near Boonville will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning Tuesday, July 12 so the two bridges over the Lamine River can be repaired.
The bridge closures are expected to cause significant travel delays, especially on peak travel days, the biggest of which are Thursdays and Fridays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while the project is in progress.
The eastbound bridge will be improved first and will take about 22 days. Work to switch traffic from the eastbound bridge to the westbound bridge will take place Sunday (July 10) and Monday (July 11) nights, with the full traffic switch occurring sometime during the day on Tuesday, July 12.
The westbound bridge will be repaired after the eastbound bridge is finished and that work will last about 23 days. Both bridges are scheduled to be completed by the end of August, at which time traffic flow will return to two lanes in each direction.
The message boards along I-70 will alert motorists to the bridge work. In addition, a Smart Work Zone system is in place to keep motorists informed and traffic moving. The system uses cameras and sensors to determine travel times through the project limits and provide real-time travel updates to motorists via message boards.
Other tools that will help motorists navigate the work zone, including traffic cameras located near the bridges, can be found on the project website - www.modot.org/central/I70LamineBridge.htm.