MoDOT, bless its cold, gravelly little heart, announced yesterday the worst traffic jams of 2013, uh, wait, make that its largest construction projects for the upcoming year. Huzzah! It's so rare when you know in advance what you'll be bitching and moaning about.
You'd think that surviving the two-year-long Highway 40 makeover would have toughened us up, but who is ever sanguine in the middle of a traffic jam when they're running late? Or even when they're not running late? Cars were meant to move, people!
MoDOT has little sympathy. As district engineer Ed Hassinger told KTVI (Channel 2), "Work zones are going to start up so people need to get off their phones, figure out how to drive, and be careful in those work zones." Aw snap!
After the jump, the four biggest road projects:
I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge This $64 million project is already well underway, which you may have noticed if you've had to go out to St. Charles or beyond since the beginning of November. The highway has been been reduced from five lanes in each direction to three while crews work on the westbound bridge. Until this bit of joy is completed sometime in the fall, MoDOT politely suggests you use Route 370 or Route 364. But not I-64, because...
I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge Starting later this month -- date unspecified -- MoDOT will begin rebuilding the westbound portion of the bridge. (Wow, they really want to keep St. Louisans out of the rest of the state, don't they? Except for the southwest part, serviced by I-44. What a relief! We can still go to Branson!) The project will cost $111 million and last three years. When it's done, eastbound traffic will go over the new bridge and westbound traffic will use what's currently the eastbound bridge. Got that? MoDOT does have moments of kindness, though: The road will mostly be shut down only during off-peak hours and on a few weekends, except for a few days in February when there will be rock-blasting at midday. How exciting!
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