|Central District Assistant District Engineer Travis Koestner (right) and Emery Sapp and Sons Branch Manager Chip Jones (left) discuss the Columbia I-70 Bridges Project during a press conference on Monday, Aug 24 in Columbia.
Work is underway on replacing the Interstate 70 bridges at Business Loop 70, Garth Avenue and Rangeline Street.
Although there will be only a few temporary overnight lane closures of
I-70 during construction, traffic is expected to move slower through the construction area.
Other lane closures will occur at Rangeline, Garth Avenue, Creasy Springs, the South I-70 Outer Road and the intersection of West Boulevard and Business Loop 70 throughout the project. Many of these closures will happen at night and will not affect daytime commutes.
While road closures have been designed to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum, there still will be times when drivers will have to detour around the work. Koestner said MoDOT and contractor Emery Sapp will provide ample notice of any lane closures so drivers will be prepared.
An average of 80,000 vehicles a day cross the I-70 bridges at these three locations. The structures date back to 1957 and are in poor condition, but safe for travel.
For more information and to sign up to receive weekly e-mail updates on the project, including information on traffic impacts that might affect you, visit www.Modot.org/ColumbiaBridges.
The $18 million design-build project, which also includes building new roundabouts on the north and south sides of I-70 at the Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange and at Rangeline, has an aggressive construction schedule. To speed up the work, several of the new bridges will be built next to the existing structures and slid into place. The project is scheduled to be complete by Oct. 1, 2016.