Work on Blanchette Bridge should wrap up this fall

April 26, 2013 by  

St. Peters commuters may have to put up with delays, but the disruption should be worth it. It was reported earlier this month that construction work on the westbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge is continuing as planned, with the bridge scheduled to reopen sometime in the fall.

The Blanchette Bridge is actually two separate cantilever spans, each five lanes wide, which carry I-70 across the Missouri River. Many St. Peters residents use the route daily.

The work on the bridge is estimated to cost $64m and is a rehabilitation project rather than new construction. Linda Wilson Horn, speaking on behalf of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), said the steel work should be finished in May, meaning the rest of the rehab is also on schedule.

The project will take a full year from start to finish and is headed by Walsh Construction Co., the lead contractor. When it is finished, the bridge will have 10 lanes – five in each direction – as it did before rehabilitation began. The repairs should extend the life of the bridge, which was built in 1958, by another 50 years.

At present, the westbound span is completely closed, and traffic is traveling in both directions on the previously eastbound-only span. The change in usage has necessitated a reduction in the speed limit.

Drivers are also being encouraged to work with MoDOT by finding alternate routes, or adjusting their work hours to avoid back-ups and delays at the bridge.

MoDOT might consider working with flyer printing services to create mailers to inform area residents of the work schedule and suggested detours.