Counties Impacted
St. Louis
Project Status
Planning Phase
Route Impacted
Interstate 44

Project Milestones

Complete
Preliminary plans

Designers examine the issue and create a preliminary plan. 

In Progress
Public Meeting

MoDOT shares its current plans with the public and takes comments and concerns about it's proposal.  The public meeting will be held virtually, on January 19, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The information shared will remain on-line and the department will continue to take comments until. Tuesday February 2, 2021.

Not Started
Project awarded

Once the department get comments from the public, it makes any final changes to the design and puts the project out for bid.  Once bids come in, the project is usually awarded to the lowest qualified bidder.

Not Started
Construction begins

Once the project has been awarded, the contractor obtains the needed materials and schedules the necessary workforce.  Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2022.

Not Started
Construction ends

Construction on this project is scheduled to last approximately four months.  It is scheduled to be complete in fall 2022.

Welcome to the virtual public meeting for the Big Bend bridge over I-44 replacement project.  We will be holding an open house style opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss the project with the engineers on Tuesday, January 19, between 4 and 6 p.m.  To join the meeting, please click the button below. However you can view the information on the project, and provide your thoughts on the survey below any time between now and February 2, 2021.

Meeting password (if needed):  hiGpyVdY584

What is the current situation?

The Missouri Department of Transportation is replacing the Big Bend bridge over I-44.  Originally built in 1967, the department considers this bridge in poor condition and it is reaching the end of its useful life. It needs constant maintenance, the driving surface and the bridge structure continues to deteriorate and it is cheaper to rebuild this bridge than to rehabilitate it.  In addition, rebuilding the bridge allows the department to raise the bridge to interstate standards, which should reduce the number of times the bridge gets struck. The replacement also allows the department to bring the barrier walls and sidewalks along the bridge up to current design standards. 

What improvements are being made?

The bridge is being made slightly wider to accommodate the updated sidewalks to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the bridge is being made higher, to meet newer interstate standards, and the department is adding extra left turn lanes on the ramps from eastbound and westbound I-44.

Are bike facilities included in this project?

No new bike facilities are included on the bridge.  Drivers will be required to share the lanes with cyclists. However, since both the lanes and the shoulders will be wider after construction, sharing the lane should be easier for both cyclists and drivers. 

What are the impacts from the project?

The Big Bend bridge will close for four months during construction.  There will be a weekend closure of I-44 at the beginning to the project to demolish the bridge.  There will be overnight closures of the ramps between eastbound I-44 and Big Bend for 10 days and overnight closures of the ramps between westbound I-44 and Big Bend for 10 days.

What are the anticipated detours?

MoDOT uses state-maintained roadways as much as possible, so local drivers may choose to use other routes besides those officially signed as detoured. During the bridge closure, drivers on northbound Big Bend heading to the west will be detoured to eastbound I-44, where they can turn around at Elm to head west.  Drivers on southbound Big Bend heading east will be detoured to westbound I-44 where they can turn around at Lindbergh to head east. During the interstate closure, drivers will be routed up the ramps on either side of the bridge and back down to the interstate. During the ramp closures, drivers can use Lindbergh and Watson Road as detour routes.

What is the timeline?

Event

Time

Preliminary plans

Completed

Public Meeting

January 19, 2021

Project awarded

Fall 2021

Construction begins

Spring 2022

Construction complete

Late fall 2022

Meeting password (if needed):  hiGpyVdY584