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MoDOT announces new start date for Blanchette Bridge work after delays

MoDOT sent out an update Monday announcing the bridge work would start Monday night, as long as the weather cooperates.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. — After delaying work on the Interstate 70 Blanchette Bridge project twice, MoDOT has announced a new start date for the construction.

The Missouri Department of Transportation was set to close two eastbound lanes of I-70 overnight during part of last week and this week over the Blanchette Bridge. Last Tuesday, before construction started, MoDOT sent out a notice delaying work due to "contactor availability".

Thursday afternoon, MoDOT delayed construction once again due to the weekend's weather forecast and "contractor equipment issues". 

On Monday, MoDOT announced it would finally start the construction beginning Monday night.

All work is weather permitting:

Two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 are expected to close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, May 16, through Thursday, May 19.

The schedule for the remaining lane closures has not been announced because of the delays.

Workers will be applying epoxy to the roadway.

This project is not new. It's part of the rehabilitation plan that began two summers ago. A shortage of epoxy at that time caused the delay.

Motorists are encouraged to use Route 370 and Route 364 as alternates. Drivers can also use Route 364 to Arena Parkway. MoDOT officials said commercial vehicles crossing the St. Louis region are encouraged to use I-70 to Route 370 to I-270.

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