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May 02, 2017 01:54 PM
I-55 Closing in St. Louis Tonight
Check Conditions on Traveler Information Map Before You Go

JEFFERSON CITY – Heavy rains over the weekend still have more than 270 roads closed across the state. Interstate 55 will close after midnight tonight between St. Louis and Jefferson counties. Interstate 44 remains closed in two locations. Travelers need to make plans to find alternate routes to travel east and west and now north and south in Missouri. Motorists should check Missouri’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org before traveling.

      I-55 at the Meramec River between St. Louis and Jefferson counties is expected to close after midnight Tuesday night and remain closed for the rest of week. In addition the Meramec River crossings on Route 61/67 (Lemay Ferry/JeffcoBlvd) and Route 231 (Telegraph) will also close after midnight Tuesday.

      All of the interstate and major route closures in St. Louis at the Meramec River will cut off St. Louis from any roads to the south. Motorists who need to travel between southeast Missouri and St. Louis will have to find through routes in Illinois.

      Interstate 44 is closed from I-270 to Route 100 in St. Louis and Franklin counties and also between St. Roberts and Lebanon in south central Missouri. Travelers headed across Missouri should avoid using I-44 due to these closures. Please use Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Kansas City and then use Interstate 435 to Interstate 49 to Joplin to reconnect to Interstate 44. All work zones have been suspended on this detour to allow for optimal traffic flow.

Interstate 44 between St. Robert and Rolla is back open to traffic after having been closed due to flooding since Sunday afternoon. However it is for local traffic only. I-44 remains closed between St. Robert and Lebanon. Workers are making repairs to the flood-damaged pavement at the bridge near Hazelgreen.

The following are some of the major routes closed or that will close in the next few hours:

  • I-44 in St. Louis/Franklin counties between I-270 and Route 100
  • I-44 between St. Roberts and Lebanon
  • Route 141 at I-44 in St. Louis County
  • Route 30/Gravois in St. Louis County at Meramec River
  • Route 21/Tesson Ferry in St. Louis County at Meramec River and Route 141 at Route 21 before Tuesday evening rush hour.
  • Route 109 in Eureka in St. Louis County will close overnight
  • Route 63 near Vienna, between Rolla and Jefferson City
  • Route 50 at Mount Sterling in Gasconade County

 

            Most of the major routes are not expected to reopen until late in the week due to rising waters on the major rivers. Updates will be provided to the public as major routes continue to close and open.

            Motorists are reminded that not all flooded roads will have closure signs. MoDOT cautions all travelers to never drive through water on the roadway. Turn around and find an alternate route. Remember the slogan, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Flash flooding is particularly dangerous at night or the early morning hours when motorists often cannot see they are driving into floodwaters until it’s too late. Less than a foot of moving water is enough to push a vehicle.

            When the water recedes, MoDOT will inspect the pavement and bridges for safety before opening the roadways for public use.

            Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map to stay current on all flooding closures at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as a free app on iTunes and Google play listed as MoDOT Traveler Information. You can also call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) for up-to-date information.                                                                         ###

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