Major road construction happening in 2020 on I-64 for new stadium, I-44 at Meramac River

MoDOT has plans to eliminate ramps in downtown and replace bridges along I-44 from downtown to Crawford County.

Brian Kelly
December 11, 2019 - 9:57 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — MoDOT has plans for I-44 and I-64 in 2020.

They include removing some of the existing ramps at I-64 and 22nd Street and the re-building of the Jefferson Interchange.

Assistant District Engineer Tom Evers tells KMOX this will improve access to the NGA site and eliminate some confusion at the same time.

"(It seems) anything east of Kingshighway the same place you get off the highway isn't the same place you get on. It seems ramps are kind of all over the place. (This project) creates a more concise location to come off the highway."

Construction 1-64 in 2020

Much of the land where the ramps, which connects I-64 to Pine and Chestnut, lie on will become the site for the brand new Major League Soccer stadium and related facilities.

Related: MoDOT gearing up for major I-270 project in North County

I-44 will see paving work from downtown to the Crawford County line. Much of the work will be done at night, but Evers says traffic after St. Louis Cardinals game will likely be affected. 

He says there's separate contractors on that project.

Then there's the Meramac River Bridge.

"The new westbound bridge is being built now," Evers says. "We're going to switch all the traffic on eastbound over to the westbound bridge. That's so we can build the new eastbound bridge next year."

That changeover will happen either late this year or early next year.

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