Interstate 44/Interstate 270 traffic shift won’t happen until Feb. 11 due to weather


The planned Meramec River Bridge replacement.

A traffic lane shift that will move traffic at the Interstate 44 and Interstate 270 interchange in South County will not happen until next week due to anticipated cold weather that would prevent work next week. Instead, the traffic shift has been delayed until 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, with the lane shift finished by 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

All work is weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. The work is part of the ongoing construction surrounding the construction of two new bridges across the Meramec River.

That work continues through 2022.

Crews will move two westbound lanes of I-44 and the ramp lane from northbound I-270 to westbound I-44 onto the new westbound I-44 bridge, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Crews will close up to two lanes at a time on westbound I-44 to make the switch. The shift should be completed by 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

After the shift, drivers on westbound I-44 and the ramp from northbound I-270 to westbound I-44 will not be able to access the exit at Soccer Park for about two weeks while crews complete connections to westbound I-44. Drivers on the ramp from southbound I-270 to westbound I-44 will remain on the old westbound bridge during  this time and will be able to exit at Soccer Park.

To detour around the closure, drivers will need to exit at Bowles and use the outer roads and Yarnell to get to the businesses off Soccer Park until the new ramp opens later in the month.