CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – All lanes of Interstate 64 are closed in the Chesterfield Valley.
The closure started at 8 p.m. so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can remove the Chesterfield Parkway West and the old Chesterfield Airport Road bridges over the interstate.
Detours for the Chesterfield Parkway West bridge closure:
- Eastbound I-64 – Use Exit 19A (Chesterfield Parkway) and turn left onto Wild Horse Creek Road. Follow the road and take the ramp back onto eastbound I-64.
- Westbound I-64 – Use Exit 19A (Chesterfield Parkway West) and stay to the right. Take the ramp back down to westbound I-64 at Chesterfield Parkway.
Detours for the Chesterfield Airport Road bridge closure:
- Eastbound I-64 – Use Exit 14 (Chesterfield Airport Road) and take Chesterfield Airport Road and turn left on Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard. Take that road to the ramp back onto eastbound I-64.
- Westbound I-64 – Use Exit 14 (Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard) and take the roundabout to the second leg and continue along the new north outer road. Take the ramp back onto westbound I-64.
Progress on this project will come with a price for drivers trying to get in and out of the Chesterfield Valley, and it's bad for business. With all the companies cut off from their weekend customer base, some in the Chesterfield Valley feel more like they're in Death Valley.
At St. Louis Wine Market in Chesterfield, wine was pouring, money exchanging and people talking Friday night. Not a bad night, but it could be better especially because of why this crowd is here.
"Fund programs and research for people that have MS," said Lisa King.
King helped organize this gathering, scheduled months ago to raise money for a Multiple Sclerosis charity walk in St. Peters next weekend. But as many as 100 fewer people attended than last year. King is frustrated by the timing of the roadwork.
"Because, you know, you hope to raise money for a good charity, a good cause and to help people and to see that, you know, we maybe didn't the turnout you wished you had," she said.
The two old overpasses coming down bookend the Chesterfield Valley and all the businesses within it.
"This is a pretty interesting topic for all of us," said St. Louis Wine Market co-owner, Richard Sterkel. He expects all that congestion will seriously cut down on his uncorking this weekend.
"It just kind of scared everybody off. They don't know how to get back from here. If they come from east they kinda figure they're not going to be able to get back that way and it's almost impossible to get here from the west," said Sterkel.
The entire stretch of I-64 in the Valley is not closed off, just the two areas around the bridges, but MoDOT is urging people to avoid I-64 if they can. The wine shop owner thinks MoDOT should have done a better job notifying the public of detours.
All I-64 lanes should be reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.