FLOOD UPDATE Dec. 31: Two Lanes of Northbound I-55 To Open by 5:30 p.m.
December 31, 2015 -- For immediate release
FLOOD UPDATE 3:30 p.m.:
Two Lanes of Northbound I-55 To Open by 5:30 p.m.
All Lanes of Southbound I-55 Will Remain Closed Tonight
ST LOUIS – Two lanes of northbound Interstate 55 will reopen to traffic by 5:30 p.m. today December 31 at the Meramec River, mile marker 193. All southbound lanes will remain closed with water over the highway. The southbound lanes have high levels of water covering the road and there is no estimate yet on when that water will recede so the southbound lanes can open.
Southbound I-55 traffic is closed at the I-270/I-255 interchange. Local traffic can get to Butler Hill road.
Route 231 Telegraph Road and Route 61/67 Lemay Ferry are open to traffic in both directions across the Meramec River as well.
Both directions of I-44 remain closed in St. Louis County. The closure is between I-270 in St. Louis County and Route 100 at Gray Summit in Franklin County due to flooding of the Meramec River at Route 141. Local traffic can get to Bowles Ave only. The closure is between mile marker 253 and 274. With many other roads closed in the St. Louis area, open roads are experiencing extreme congestion.
Motorists needing to travel across Missouri are encouraged to use I-70 to I-49 in Kansas City to I-44 in Joplin or the reverse depending on eastbound or westbound travel.
With more than 200 roads under water throughout the state, drivers are encouraged to check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, located at www.modot.org, or call the department’s toll free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get updated information on road conditions.