Wet Weather Alters Plan For PSB Shutdown This Weekend

Eastbound lanes will be closed later this month instead.

Brett Blume
September 06, 2018 - 12:16 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The imminent arrival of remnants from Tropical Storm Gordon is forcing a change in plans for local roadwork.

All the rain we're expected to receive over the weekend means the previously announced shutdown of all eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge won't happen after all.

But Michelle Forneris, St. Louis Area Engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, says there will be a change happening on the PSB starting at 8 a.m. Sunday.

"We will close an additional westbound lane on the Poplar Street Bridge," she announced during a press briefing in East St. Louis. "That closure will be in place for approximately three weeks as we replace the joint on the bridge."

After this weekend's work, two left lanes will be closed across the Mississippi River through early October.

Related: Poplar Street Bridge Construction on Target for Year-End Finish

With the expected impact on the morning commute into St. Louis, Illinois drivers are urged to consider other options, according to Lora Rensing with IDOT.

"Delays are expected during that work," she announced. "We're encouraging drivers to use alternate routes such as the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, the McKinley Bridge, or the Eads Bridge for access to downtown St. Louis."

Motorists are also urged to think about using public transit, carpooling, or staggering their work times to avoid congestion during the morning rush hour as much as possible.

Again, a change in plans forced by the arrival of heavy rains related to the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon this weekend.

There will not be a closure of all eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge after all -- it will be moved back to later this month. But a second westbound lane of I-64 across the PSB will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday.