This year, the Missouri Department of Transportation has several projects planned along the I-44 corridor in St. Louis County and St. Louis City. This is part of planned rehabilitation projects for aging bridges along the I-44 corridor. There are a number of bridges scheduled for work in 2019, and work along the I-44 corridor will continue through 2020. Here's what you can expect this year:
I-64 Poplar Street bridge widening – Work wraps up on the Poplar Street Bridge this year. Crews will work on the flood wall around the bridge, as well as preventative maintenance, lighting, signing, median work and bridge painting. Any lane closures will be during off-peak travel times. Work should be complete by late spring 2019.
I-44 bridge replacement – This project removes and replaces the driving surface from Murdoch to the River Des Peres and replaces the eastbound bridge over the BNSF Railroad. During construction the ramp from Shrewsbury to eastbound I-44 is closed. Drivers have shifted lanes – three eastbound and two westbound – during the project. The project has restarted after a suspension for redesign. Currently, the department expects all eastbound and westbound lanes to be back in their normal configuration by mid-July, with all work on the project to be complete by fall 2019.
I-44 bridge improvements– This project improves the bridges between Kingshighway and 39th Street. It includes the rehabilitating the Union Pacific Railroad, Vandeventer and Tower Grove bridges and replacing the Kingshighway, Thurman and 39th Street bridges. During this project, crews will also replace the pedestrian bridge over the interstate between the Edwards overpass and Kingshighway. Drivers will have shifted lanes during the project, and several ramps and cross streets will be impacted during the work. The project will be completed in spring 2020.