Truckers driving through Missouri on Interstate 70 may want to consider another route this weekend. All eastbound lanes and all but one westbound lane between mile marker 228 and 229 in St. Charles will be closed beginning 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, May 23.
Although one westbound lane will remain open, the Missouri Department of Transportation wants everyone to consider this a full closure of I-70. MoDOT notes that anyone driving on the open westbound lane should expect “massive, hours-long congestion.” The lane will act as an emergency corridor for local traffic.
According to MoDOT the detours will include:
Eastbound traffic: Detour around the closure by taking I-64 East (Exit 210) or Route 370 East (Exit 224) which connects with I-270. Those who choose to continue to the closure point will join an excruciatingly slow queue with more than a half-dozen stoplight intersections on Missouri Route 94 to Missouri Route 364.
Westbound traffic: Detour using I-64 West over the Mississippi through to its junction with I-70 to avoid construction backups on I-70 entirely. A second choice is to exit at I-270 and drive north to Mo 370 West, which reconnects with I-70 at MM 224. Please note that the I-70/I-270 junction is likely to experience far greater than normal traffic.
Construction crews will be demolishing the Fairgrounds Road overpass during the shutdown.
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