St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Illinois commuters are facing difficulty getting to downtown St. Louis for the second day in a row as Missouri Department of Transportation crews work to resurface parts of westbound Interstate 64.
Like Monday, MoDOT opened only one westbound lane of traffic for Tuesday's rush hour. That lane will be closed at 10 a.m., leaving I-64 westbound shut down between Broadway and 21st Street.
MoDOT closed the westbound lanes on Friday, June 22 to resurface the double-decker bridge beside Busch Stadium. But before the interstate could be resurfaced, crews had to chip out and repair the bad spots in the concrete. The damage was more extensive than they anticipated.
The double-deck bridge is 50-years-old, and the last overlay was 30 years ago, according to MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger.
To get into downtown Monday and Tuesday morning, commuters should use the McKinley, JB, MLK, or Eads bridges instead of the Poplar Street Bridge. MoDOT also suggests using Metrolink.
As a result of the road closure, Metro officials remind motorists that Metrolink is a good alternative for Illinois commuters. Metro Transit will closely monitor Metrolink platforms for overcrowding Monday morning and officials are prepared to add extra trains, as needed.