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Prepared by Andrew Gates 314/453-1808

July 08, 2011 07:47 AM
MoDOT confirms TONIGHT'S I-170 closure for Delmar construction
Drivers will not be able to access interstate from Delmar during closure

ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Millstone Bangert, Inc., have confirmed they will close Interstate 170 near the Delmar Boulevard Bridge starting at 7 p.m. TONIGHT to construct portions of the new bridge.

All lanes of the interstate will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, July 11. Traffic on the interstate will be detoured up the ramps at Delmar and back onto the interstate while the roadway is closed.

Traffic on the interstate will not be able to access Delmar Boulevard during the closure, nor will traffic on Delmar be able to access I-170 in either direction. Detours are marked, and drivers can use Price Road and Hanley Road to get to Olive Boulevard to access I-170. Traffic levels on both the interstate and the detour routes are expected to be high; drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if possible or use other routes.

While the interstate is closed, crews will be setting girders and installing portions of the driving surface.

This work is part of a $2.1 million dollar project to replace the Delmar Boulevard Bridge.  Although the bridge was already scheduled for replacement this year, MoDOT closed it April 25, after an inspection showed the bridge had become unsafe for public use. Construction has been underway since May 20.  The bridge is scheduled to reopen by September 1.

Plan ahead to avoid work zones by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visiting our website at www.modot.org/stlouis/

Travelers can get up-to-the-minute traffic information on interstates or major state routes by dialing 5-1-1 from most cell phones; if 5-1-1 isn't available from your telephone, please dial 877-478-5511 (877-4STL-511). 

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