MoDOT wants public input on I-55 rehab project from downtown to South County

Virtual public meeting goes from 4:00 - 7:00 PM on Thursday

St. Louis (KMOX) -- Drivers who use Interstate 55 between Interstate 44 in the City of St. Louis and Lindbergh Boulevard in south St. Louis County will be dealing with some lane closures for the next three years. Authorities are looking for input on the upcoming project during a virtual public meeting on Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will hold an open house-style informational meeting to share more details on a project to renovate 14 bridges along the approximately 12-mile corridor. Work begins in the spring of 2022 on the north section of the project, then crews will work their way south into the following year. The work on the bridges and highway resurfacing is expected to be completed in late summer of 2024.

The River Des Peres trail and the Grant’s Trail are expected to have some closures for a day or two as crews work to remove concrete and set formwork overhead.

MoDOT says they won't be closing the corridor, like they did for similar projects on Interstate 64, because "there are not good options for alternate travel to give people other options to travel between the city of St. Louis, Illinois, south St. Louis County and Jefferson County."

MoDot engineers will talk about the schedule of the project and the expected impact on drivers and cyclists. They'll also hear concerns from residents.

There is no formal presentation. Participants can log in at any time during the open house to hear more about the construction.

The link to attend MoDot's virtual meeting can be found here. It will run from 4:00 until 7:00 PM.

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