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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • All lanes of Interstate 44 between Interstate 270 and South Geyer Road will be closed in Sunset Hills later this month to remove an overpass, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced Monday. 

The interstate will close at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, so workers can remove the westbound Watson Road overpass bridge over I-44. The interstate is set to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, June 3.

Crews will work rebuilding the bridge for five months, according to the department. 

During the closure, drivers will still be able to access both north and south I-270 and eastbound Watson Road from both directions of I-44. But drivers who wish to continue on I-44 will be detoured.

Eastbound drivers will be redirected to take Watson Road and turn onto Lindbergh Boulevard to get back to Interstate 44.

Westbound Interstate 44 drivers will be redirected to take the Interstate 270 exit and use the westbound Watson ramp after the bridge to continue on west on Interstate 44.

When the lanes reopen, eastbound I-44 will be restriped with two regular lanes, one ramp lane for northbound I-270 and one ramp lane for southbound I-270.

The new lanes will give crews working on the Watson Road overpass room to reconstruct the bridge as well as drainage and pavement work. 

While the bridge is closed, Watson Road drivers can use Lindbergh to access westbound I-44 and northbound and southbound I-270.

Erin Heffernan is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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