Thank you for your recent e-mail about the section of interstate 70 in
downtown St. Louis between the future location of the new Mississippi River Bridge and the Poplar Street Bridge.
There are no plans to consider a study to replace that section of
interstate. When I-70 moves north to the new Mississippi River Bridge,
this stretch of interstate will be redesignated I-44 to ensure that there remains a north-south interstate on the east side of St. Louis.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there is very little
precedent for decommissioning an interstate highway and that process would be highly scrutinized. The plans currently underway will meet the requirements of the project, to include creating an easier pedestrian
access between downtown and the arch and a project completion date of
October 28, 2015.
We believe that the current plan that we are designing with our partners,
and will unveil to the public sometime next spring, will not only further
open up the Arch grounds and the park to the many visitors and downtown residents, but will also handle the anticipated traffic levels for the downtown area after the new Mississippi River Bridge has started carrying I-70 traffic.
Customer Relations, MoDOT St. Louis District
1590 Woodlake Dr.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
phone (314) 453-1808 cell (314) 223-8003 fax (573) 526-0085
NEXTEL 140*2*1086 [email protected]
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