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I-64 overhaul enters final week

By Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Drivers in St. Louis could face one last major snarl this week as the rebuild of Interstate 64 winds down.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Linda Wilson says workers are installing guardrails and signs, and finishing the striping along the stretch between Interstate 170 and Kingshighway.

That includes repainting lane lines on the ramps at the 170 interchange. Wilson said the work on Thursday and Friday may cause some delays.

"Motorists who have been used to being in two lanes are now going to have to go down to one," Wilson said. "It won't be a problem once the highway opens, but right now, since the highway ends there, everybody's got to basically get into one lane to go from one interstate to the other."

The eastern half of the construction zone, which has been closed for nearly a year, will reopen to traffic on Monday, Dec. 7.

Wilson said workers will resurface and restripe Interstates 44 and 70 when the weather gets warmer. MoDOT turned the shoulders of those highways into extra driving lanes during the 64 shutdown.