I-64 in St. Louis to close Jan. 2 for rebuilding

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Starting Jan. 2, the Missouri Department of Transportation will close a five-mile section of Interstate 64 in the St. Louis area from Ballas Road to I-170 for the entire calendar year of 2008 for reconstruction.

At the west end of the closure, eastbound I-64 will be diverted to north or southbound I-270 with one lane open to Ballas Road. Westbound I-64 will have one lane open from Ballas Road and the ramps from north and southbound I-270. At the east end of the closure, westbound I-64 will exit only to Hanley Road and to northbound I-170. There will be no access on or off I-64 at Brentwood.

Various lanes now are being closed on I-64 to make striping and signing changes. After the road closes Jan. 2, crews will immediately begin demolition activities. Major demolition work is scheduled for Lindbergh, Clayton/Warson and Brentwood during the month of January.

In 2009, I-64 will be closed from I-170 to Kingshighway Boulevard for similar reconstruction. For more information, go to www.thenewi64.org.