April 23, 2001

MoDOT to reroute traffic at intersection of I-70, Hanley

by Josh Renaud
senior editor

Evening students who normally come to campus by taking I-70 east to Florissant Road may run into delays this week as crews dismantle half of the bridge over I-70 at Hanley Road.

Most of the work will be done at night during the week, weather-permitting, said Tom Evers, MoDOT project manager.

"The times will vary, but we're going to start from the westbound side to the eastbound side, removing the bridge deck from one direction to the other," Evers said.

On April 23 and 24, from 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m., westbound traffic will be detoured off the interstate at the Hanley Road exit and entrance ramps and then back onto the interstate. On April 24, westbound I-70 will be open between 10 and 11 p.m. for St. Louis Cardinals traffic.

On April 25 and 26, from 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m., eastbound traffic will be detoured at the exit and entrance ramps and then back onto the interstate.

On April 27, the far right lane of eastbound I-70 will be closed at Hanley from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m.

"At the worst, the students will have to sit for a little bit," Evers said. "I-70 is not being closed, but you will have to sit in five to 10 minutes worth of traffic you weren't used to before."

Motorists will not be able to cross over the Hanley Road bridge while the dismantling is underway. The Hanley Road bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction through late 2001.

The other half of the bridge will be dismantled in 3-4 months, probably near the end of summer, Evers said, depending on how quickly the first half is rebuilt.

The Hanley bridge is being replaced as part of the six-year "I-70 corridor project" which is scheduled to be completed in 2003. Work on the Hanley Road bridge is expected to be complete by late 2002.

This article was reprinted with permission from The Current.

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