Eastbound, Westbound Closures On PSB This Weekend

Two westbound lanes will remain closed through mid-November.

Brett Blume
October 11, 2018 - 4:04 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It will be another challenging weekend for drivers looking to cross the Mississippi River downtown.

Jeff Bohler, project manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation, explained that crews are poised to shut down the eastbound ramps of I-64 across the Poplar Street Bridge starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

"More importantly to the commuting public (especially Illinois residents) this weekend, we will make traffic shifts on westbound I-64 across the Poplar Street Bridge," according to Bohler. "That includes closing the right two lanes across the bridge."

Drivers are being warned to seek out alternate routes or means of transportation, or prepare for delays.

Bohler says that's what they learned when they shut down parts of the PSB just last month.

"If you'll remember when we had to close the left two lanes across the bridge in September, it created delays and back-ups on the PSB, as well as most other bridges in the region," he recalled. "We expect the same during this closure."

The eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge are slated to reopen Monday morning, but the two right lanes of the bridge are expected to remain closed for about three weeks.

Two avoid delays, drivers are being urged to use alternate routes such as the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, the Eads or McKinley bridges -- or even the JB bridge to the south, or the Chain of Rocks bridge to the north.

Commuters are also being encouraged to carpool, ride-share, or use Metro to cut down on congestion that saw the morning rush from Illinois expand from 5 a.m. through 10 a.m. during last month's shutdown.

Here are the full details of the shutdown provided by MoDOT:

Beginning Friday, October 12, crews will close:

The ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to eastbound I-64 will close at 7 p.m. The detour to Illinois/I-64 will be marked.

The ramp from 8th Street to eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 will be closed. Truck traffic in Soulard should use Arsenal to get to the interstate.

Eastbound I-64 at Jefferson at 8 p.m. The detour will be marked.

The ramps from Pine Street and 6th Street to eastbound I-64 will close at 7 p.m.

The ramps from eastbound I-64 to 20th/Chestnut, 14th, 11th and 6th streets will not be available as they are in the closed portion of the interstate.

The eastbound ramps and lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Monday, October 15.

In addition, during the weekend, crews will open the left lane on westbound I-64 and close the two right lanes on westbound I-64 across the Poplar Street Bridge, starting at 9 a.m. October 13. In addition, the ramp from northbound Illinois Route 3 to westbound I-64 will be closed at 8 a.m. October 13. This will have an impact on morning commutes into St. Louis. Illinois drivers should consider Metro, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, the Eads Bridge or the McKinley Bridge to get into the city. The two lanes and ramp will remain closed through mid-November while crews work on half of the expansion joints for the westbound I-64 bridge.