MoDOT delays Highway 40 closure planned for this weekend

2013-01-23T14:45:00Z 2013-01-31T14:36:04Z MoDOT delays Highway 40 closure planned for this weekendBy Ken Leiser 314-340-8215

UPDATED at 2:45 p.m. with delay of work.

ST. LOUIS  •  The weather forecast has delayed plans to close the stretch of Highway 40 between Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway in both directions this weekend to remove two aging bridges.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has moved work to remove the bridges carrying Taylor and Newstead avenues over Highway 40 (Interstate 64) to the following weekend, Feb. 1-4. MoDOT said precipitation in the forecast for Sunday scuttled the original timetable.

The state is building a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and replacing four bridges that span the highway.

When the interstate is closed on Feb. 1, drivers traveling westbound on Highway 40 will have to turn off the highway at Forest Park Avenue and follow it to Kingshighway, which leads back to the highway. Eastbound travelers will be diverted from the highway at Hampton Avenue to Interstate 44.

The interstate will reopen before rush hour on Feb. 4.

MoDOT officials said the three highway lanes in each direction will be narrowed to 10 feet wide.

Ken Leiser is the transportation writer at the Post-Dispatch. Read his Along for the Ride column online and every Sunday in the newspaper.

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