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More Potential Headaches for Metro East Commuters

Illinois drivers are feeling the pain of two major westbound closures over the Mississippi River.

September 13, 2018 - 4:12 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois commuters are paying the price for fewer lanes of travel across the Mississippi River.
Just how bad is it for Metro East drivers facing the closure of the MLK Bridge and two lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge?
MoDOT Area Engineer Michelle Forneris has some new numbers:
"The AM rush period extend to approximately 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.," she says. "Our most congested time to travel this route in the westbound direction - Illinois to Missouri - is between 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m."
Officials again suggested that drivers carpool, take alternate routes, ride MetroLink or other public transit, or even shift their work hours to avoid congestion - maybe telecommute.
This weekend, there will be something else for Metro East drivers to deal with: IDOT is shutting down I-55/I-64 westbound, at the I-70 split, from late Friday until Sunday at 5 p.m. - the first of four times that will happen over the next year. The closure is needed to demolish the portion of the bridge over the interstates.