What's Happening Now?
The bridges are complete and were opened to traffic on Wednesday, August 30. Completed in 90 days, ahead of schedule and within budget, both bridges were scheduled to be complete in November 2006.
Click Here for the Media Advisory for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
December 2005 - Contract awarded to Fred Weber, Inc.
June 5, 2006 - Construction Begins
November 2006 - Construction Complete
MoDOT has designed a plan to replace both bridges so that both will function the same as they do today. No additional property will be needed during the actual construction of the project. Once replaced, the clearance on the Market St. Bridge will be increased from the current 14 foot 7 inches to 16 feet, while the clearance on I-64 underneath Compton Ave. will be increased to the interstate standard of 16 foot 6 feet. The Compton Ave. Bridge will have wider sidewalks and pedestrian level lighting. Both bridges will incorporate the aesthetic guidelines established for the I-64 corridor. Funding to rebuild both structures has been approved.
What Is The Problem With The Compton & Market Bridges?
The Compton Ave. Bridge and the Market St. Bridge are deteriorated beyond repair and are not earthquake resistant. Both bridges service the nearby businesses, residents and traveling public daily. Located between Jefferson Ave. to the east and Grand Blvd. to the west, the Compton Ave. Bridge crosses I-64/Highway 40 while the Market St. Bridge crosses westbound Forest Park Blvd. at the intersection of Compton Ave. and Market St.
About The Project
MoDOT is designed a plan to replace both bridges so that both will function the same as they do today. No additional property will be needed during the actual construction of the project.
Once replaced the Market St. Bridge's clearance will be increased from the current 14'7" to 16'0" while I-64's clearance underneath Compton Ave. will be increased to the interstate standard of 16'6". The Compton Ave. Bridge will have wider sidewalks and pedestrian level lighting. Both bridges will incorporate the aesthetic guidelines established for the I-64 corridor. Funding to rebuild both structures has been approved
The project will also improve safety on the bridge by adding shoulders, incorporating a bicycle and pedestrian walkway.
In fall of 2004, the MoDOT Design Team went back to the drawing board and redesigned the Compton Ave. Bridge and the Market St. Bridges. When MoDOT opened bids in February 2005; the bids came in at a significantly higher cost than the money we had available. We have taken another look as the design to try to reduce cost.
Past Project News
Friday, June 2 the Missouri Department of Transportation with its contractor, Fred Weber, Inc., closed I-64 in both directions for the demolition of the Compton Ave. Bridge. I-64 was closed the entire weekend between Ewing St. to the east and Grand Blvd. to the west and re-opened at 5 a.m. Monday, June 5.
I-64 was closed after the Friday baseball game began. This closure was in affect during the entire weekend. Game traffic exiting Busch Stadium took alternate routes to leave downtown St. Louis.
Click here to view pictures of the demolition: Compton Ave. Bridge Demo 34
- Spruce St. at Compton will be closed starting August 1 for 20 days
- Striping on the bridges begins August 18
- Contract scheduled to be complete by November 2006
200 closure days allowed for Compton over I-64
90 closure days allowed for Compton/Market Bridge over WB Forest Park Parkway ramp
40 closure days allowed for Compton/Spruce intersection for repaving Spruce starting September 7
30 closure days allowed for Compton/Spruce intersection for water line relocation, retaining wall and bridge end construction. Traffic on Spruce will become one-way eastbound for the remainder of the contract, starting June 10.
Detour routes will be set up, and access to and from adjacent public and private businesses will be maintained.
View the Compton detour map. (236 kb, 1 page)
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Public Involvement Efforts
In the St. Louis Metro area, MoDOT has been making a concerted effort to designate funding toward bridge repair and reconstruction. MoDOT is designating $11 million for reconstruction of these two bridges. The public open house hearing was held on Thursday, August 26, 2004 at the Harris-Stowe State College’s Emerson Theatre. The public gave their comments on detour routes and aesthetic treatments.
For more information, please call MoDOT's City Area Engineer, Deanna Venker at 314-877-0118.
1. Why did MoDOT pick June 2 to demolish the Compton Ave. Bridge and June 10 to demolish the Market St. Bridge?
This time was the most ideal to accommodate both the project schedule and the major event schedule for St. Louis City.
2. Where are the two bridges located?
The bridges are located between Ewing to the east and Grand Blvd. to the west. The Compton Ave. Bridge crosses I-64 and the Market St. Bridge crosses westbound Forest Park Blvd. at the intersection of Compton Ave. and Market St.
3. Why are we replacing both of the bridges?
We are replacing both bridges because they are 40+ years old and are deteriorated.
4. Should motorists look at this project as a trial run for the New I-64 project?
On a much smaller scale, you could look at this project as a chance for motorists to practice for the start of construction on I-64, which begins in 2007. It's an opportunity for the public to indentify all the ways to get in and out of downtown St. Louis. There are many other alternates including three other interstates, numerous major roads, MetroLink and Metro bus as well as carpooling.
5. During construction, what streets will be closed partially or entirely?
Compton Ave. will be closed from north of Spruce St. to north of Market St. Market St. will be closed at the intersection of Compton Ave. and Market St.
The following Ramps will be closed also based on construction staging:
- Ramp from EB Forest Park Blvd. to EB Market St.
- Ramp from WB Market St. to WB Forest Park Blvd.
- Ramp from WB Market St. to WB I-64
- Ramp from Bernard St. to EB Market St. will all be closed during construction.
- WB Forest Park Blvd. ramp will be closed between I-64 and Grand Blvd.
6. How long will construction last?
Approximately 6-9 months.
7. Is Spruce St. going to be east bound the entire time?
Yes, when the lanes are restricted to one lane only
8. How will workers at the Sheet Metal Training Center located just north of Sigma Chemical access their facility?
We are concerned about them having to use our property us keeping our property secure.
The Sheet Metal Training Center will use the same route as Sigma-Aldrich. From eastbound I-64, they should be re-routed to Jefferson Ave., then Scott Ave., then Ewing Ave., then to Spruce St. From westbound I-64, Ramp T to Market St., then Ewing Ave., Etc.
9. Will Metrolink riders be able to walk west on Spruce across Compton down to the Metrolink station?
Foot traffic throughout the work site will be discouraged for safety reasons considering we will be working around the clock. If unavoidable, the public can walk westbound on Spruce St. by around the south "Road Closed" sign.
10. Will there be any differences on the bridges in width and length and height?
The Compton Bridge will be more pedestrian friendly, with the sidewalks widening from 5'0" to 8'5". The clearance under the Market St. Bridge will be increased from the current 14'7" to 16'0". The vertical clearance of I-64 underneath Compton Ave. will increase from 14'9" to 16'6". New retaining walls will be built that will change the look of this partial interchange.
11. Will the interchange function differently after the replacement of Market St. Ramp?
The interchange will basically function the same as it does today. No additional ramps are being added. All of the existing ramps will still be used in their existing place.
12. What about access to the businesses surrounding these bridges?
Access Spruce St. at the Compton intersection will be eastbound only. We have been working with the businesses adjacent to the project to address their access and circulation needs during construction.
13. Will MoDOT need to acquire additional right-of-way (R/W) to replace these bridges?
No new permanent R/W will be needed for the project.
14. Will there be pedestrian accommodations?
Yes, sidewalks will be wider, and the Compton-Market intersection will have marked crosswalks and pedestrian signals.
15. Why has construction been delayed?
We opened bids in February; the bids were significantly higher than the money we have available so, we're redesigning to try to reduce cost.
16. How can I learn more about this and other projects going on around the city and state?
Check out MoDOT's web site at www.modot.org, call MoDOT Customer Service at 1-888-ASK-MODOT or contact Area Engineer Deanna Venker at 314-877-0118 or Sr. Community Relations Specialist Debbie Allen at 314/340-4163.
17. For more information, please contact Deanna Venker or Debbie Allen at 314/340-4100.
Motorists can check real-time traffic hotline toll free at 1-888 511 4STL (4785) for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions. Also, visit our website at www.modot.org
18. I-64 Note:
Editor’s Note: The Compton/Market Reconstruction Bridge project is not a part of the New I-64 project The New I-64 project is located west of the Compton/Market Reconstruction Bridge project starting at Sarah Street and going west to Spoede Road. Construction on the New I-64 is scheduled to begin on this major overhaul in early 2007 and be complete by October 2010.