ST. LOUIS - Despite a second year with unusually wet weather, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Gateway Constructors are proud to announce all lanes of I-64 will reopen Monday, December 7. This opening is nearly a month ahead of the contract deadline of December 31.
"Many people said this project couldn't be done within the time and budget allotted. We are delivering I-64 a month ahead of schedule and $11 million under budget," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn. "We are so proud of the work of the contractors, all of the workforce and the MoDOT staff who have worked hard to reopen I-64 ahead of schedule and under budget. We thank St. Louis citizens for their patience as we rebuilt this critical roadway."
Before the road opens to traffic, the public is invited to participate in an opening celebration. On Sunday, December 6, the road will be open from noon to 4 p.m.for the public to walk and bike between Hanley and Kingshighway. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. near the Tamm Avenue overpass. The interstate was officially named the Jack Buck Memorial Highway, from McCausland to downtown, and this new sign will be unveiled with the Buck family during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
MoDOT will be hosting a food drive the day of the opening celebration. Operation Food Search will have collection bins for canned food at every interchange ramp along I-64 from Hanley to Kingshighway. The public will be asked to bring canned food when they come out to enjoy the opening festivities.
Early on the celebration Sunday there will be a 5K Run and a cycling time trial. These two events require pre-registration and links to the organizations are available at http://www.thenewi64.org/.
Following the celebration on Sunday, December 6, crews will work overnight to get the complete I-64 roadway open to traffic before 5 a.m. Monday, December 7.
For more details on the ceremony and information on how to sign up for the 5K run and cycling time trial, visit http://www.thenewi64.org/.