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What to expect for St. Louis' road construction season

MoDOT's district manager Greg Horn announcing construction work in St. Louis region on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 outside at the Missouri Department of Transportation - February 17, 2017
Marie Schwarz | St. Louis Public Radio
Greg Horn, MoDOT's district manager, announces construction work in the St. Louis region on Friday, outside a Missouri Department of Transportation office in Chesterfield.

The St. Louis region can expect several major road construction projects this year.

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Friday that most of the road work will be maintenance and bridge repairs.

MoDOT’s district manager Greg Horn said not all construction work will be long-term work zones. Some projects will be accomplished on weekends and nights.

“There’s lot of events that happen at night. We have ball games, we have the Muny and stuff like that. So, we try to work around those.” But not all projects can be done during off hours.

Permanent lane closures in downtown St. Louis will have the most impact for drivers, Horn said. There will be road work to widen the Poplar Street Bridge on I-64. Work starts in mid March.

These are the areas that will be under construction in 2017. Major road work will be in the Downtown area towards Illinois - February 17, 2017
Credit Graphic provided by MoDOT
These are the areas that will be under construction in 2017. Major road work will be in the downtown area towards Illinois.

Highways I-64 and I-55 will undergo bridge maintenance and rehabilitation.

St. Louis County has planned bridge repairs at the interchange of I-70 and I-170. There will also be road work on I-270 between Route 364 and I-55 as well as at the Shrewsbury bridge on I-44.

It is important that drivers pay attention when they pass work zones, Horn said.

Last year seven people died in work-zone crashes throughout Missouri.