Saint Louis University

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the Taylor and Newstead bridges over Interstate 64 after the morning rush period Monday, Jan. 21. Note that the University will be closed on this day in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. From Jan. 21-23, crews will close the inside lane on I-64 in both directions overnight

The closure will be to prepare the bridges for removal the following weekend, as part of a project to construct a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle and to replace four bridges over the interstate.

Taylor and Newstead will remain closed at the interstate until November. Drivers can use Tower Grove and Boyle to detour around the closures. Cyclists and pedestrians can use Kingshighway, the pedestrian crossing between Kingshighway and Taylor, or Tower Grove to detour around the closure.

The department will also close I-64 in both directions starting after evening rush Friday, Jan. 25, to remove the Taylor and Newstead bridges. The interstate will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. When the interstate reopens, drivers will have three 10-foot lanes in each direction of I-64 between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Traffic will also shift to the middle of the interstate.

MoDOT will keep three lanes open in each direction on the interstate between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Overnight and weekends, the department will close up to two of those open lanes for construction work. Outside of scheduled weekend closures for bridge removal, the department will keep at least one interstate lane open in both directions at all times.

"More information on upcoming work will be released when it becomes available, and will be shared on the project web page

Washington University Medical Center and BJC Healthcare have partnered with the department on the $17.9 million project. Construction is expected to continue until July 2014.