MoDOT to remove Jefferson Avenue bridge over I-64/Highway 40

Following the morning rush Thursday, April 18, the Missouri Department of Transportation will close the Jefferson Avenue bridge over Interstate 64/Highway 40 in preparation for the bridge’s removal the weekend of April 19-22.

Drivers will be able to use Compton Avenue, 18th Street and 14th Street to detour around the closure. A detour map can be found here.

All lanes and ramps on I-64/Highway 40 from Pine Street through Hampton Avenue will be closed about 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, to allow for the removal of the Jefferson Avenue bridge. However, crews will close the ramp from Pine Street to westbound I-64/Highway 40 earlier — at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 18.

MoDOT also expects to close all other area ramps onto westbound I-64/Highway 40 through early Monday, April 22, including the ramps from McCausland Avenue/Skinker Boulevard, Hampton and Kingshighway to eastbound I-64/Highway 40. The ramp from Pine to westbound I-64 will remain closed until Jefferson reopens in mid-July.

During the three-month bridge replacement project, crews also expect to close up to two lanes on I-64/Highway 40 in both directions weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. They may close two lanes in both directions around the clock on weekends to minimize the amount of time the Jefferson Avenue bridge is closed. The right-hand lane on eastbound I-64/Highway 40 will become exit only to Jefferson.

MoDOT plans to have all available lanes and ramps open on eastbound I-64/Highway 40 at least an hour before any Cardinals home games and will try to keep all available lanes and ramps open westbound at least an hour after the end of home games.