Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be performing repairs.
If you are heading into or out of St. Charles County today, you may want to take an alternate route. The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the Blanchette Missouri River Bridge today for an hour. Crews will close the right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 for maintenance repairs. The work will occur from approximately 9 to 10 a.m. MoDOT advises motorists are to slow down and watch for crews working in the right lane. The speed limit on the bridge is posted at 45 mph for the work zone. Remember you can like Maryland Heights Patch on Facebook. Don't forget to visit Twitter: @MarylandHtPatch, or signup for the Maryland Heights Patch newsletter here.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Bart Laster, of St. Charles, has three previous alcohol-related driving convictions and faces three additional DWI charges.
A St. Charles man faces his fifth DWI charge within the last two years and his sixth alcohol-related driving charge overall. He was pulled over after leaving an accident scene at the Blanchette Bridge Wednesday, police said. Bart Laster, 40, of the 1000 block of Cole Boulevard in St. Charles, was charged Wednesday with driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender and leaving the scene of an accident. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper said Laster was eastbound on Interstate 70 on the Blanchette Bridge when he caused an accident. He left the scene, but was pulled over by Maryland Heights Police. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper arrived and saw signs that Laster was drunk, including a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
MoDOT will make an emergency repair to a broken grate on westbound I-70.
One lane on westbound Interstate 70 at the Blanchette Missouri River Bridge will be closed from 2:30 p.m. through evening rush hour on Jan. 31 for emergency repairs to a broken drain grate, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Motorists are advised to avoid westbound I-70 for evening rush and use Route 370 or Route 364 as alternate Missouri River crossings. The additional lane reduction will leave only two lanes open for westbound I-70. Both directions of I-70 are already reduced from five lanes in each direction down to three lanes in each direction and all traffic is using the eastbound bridge. Crews are completing a major rehabilitation project on the 1958 westbound Blanchette Bridge. The westbound bridge closed in …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
One lane of eastbound Interstate 70 will be shut down to allow MoDOT crews to repair potholes and other minor issues.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
St. Charles County Area Engineer Tom Evers said blast was successful with only superficial damage to one of the piers.
Contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation blasted the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge, which connects Maryland Heights to St. Charles County, Tuesday morning while a crowd of hundreds watched from the riverfront in St. Charles. The steel in the top of the bridge was blasted while the piers will be rehabbed. St. Charles County Area Engineer Tom Evers said it appeared one center piers had superficial damage to it. Crews have 24 hours to remove the section closest to St. Louis County from the river and 48 hours to remove the rest of the steel. Crowds gathered on the riverfront near Bishop's Landing wondered what would happen to the birds during the blast. "We set charges to scare the fish away before we do the real…
Monday, December 3, 2012
This blast will be visible from the St. Charles riverfront for public viewing. The blast will only lasts a moment, but it will drop more than 1,000 feet of truss, including 4.5 million pounds of steel into the Missouri River.
Another bridge blast is planned for Tuesday, Missouri Department of Transportation officials say. Weather permitting, portions of Interstate 70 over the Missouri River will close Tuesday, Dec. 4. The closure is expected to be for one hour. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be blasting the remaining two sections of the steel truss on the closed westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge. Sections of the bridge were blown up earlier in November. Road crews will close one lane of I-70 in both directions at 9 a.m. An hour later, at 10 a.m., all eastbound I-70 traffic will be detoured off the highway at Route 94 and directed to Route 364 where they can proceed eastbound on Route 364 to Interstate 270 and back north to I-70. Westbound …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Missouri Department of Transportation released photos of the demolition of the Blanchette Bridge.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Interstate 70 will be closed Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. Vehicles will be detoured to Interstate 364 and Interstate 270.
Interstate 70 will shut down entirely near the Blanchette Bridge on Sunday around 10 a.m. while crews blast part of the truss on the westbound span, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Traffic will close for about an hour to allow crews time to clear the area, remove the debris and inspect the eastbound span of the bridge for safety. In addition, the KATY Trail near the bridge, Bangert Island Conservation Area and parts of Riverwoods Trail will be closed near the bridge. A portion of Ameristar Casino will be evacuated near the trail and the casino plans to restrict portions of the parking garage close to the bridge. Eastbound traffic on I-70 will be detoured off of the highway at 94 to 364. Drivers can then head back …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Construction crews have removed 300 feet of the westbound portion of the Blanchette Bridge deck, MoDot says.
From the Missouri Department of Transportation: These photos were taken in the past two days of the demolition of the westbound I-70 Blanchette Missouri River bridge. As of this morning, crews have removed 240 feet of the westbound bridge deck and expect to have 300+ feet removed by the end of the day shift. They are working two shifts per day to remove all the concrete off the old bridge.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Everything you need to know about the Blanchette Bridge reconstruction project and closure, including alternate routes, timeline of the project and how it may affect local business.
9 Things to Know About Blanchette Bridge Reconstruction Missouri Department of Transportation will close the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge for a major reconstruction for a year starting this weekend. Missouri Department of Transportation District Engineer Ed Hassinger said I-70 is a great route during the day, but encourages drivers to seek alternate routes during rush hour. Tom Evers, St. Charles County Area Engineer for MoDOT anticipates traffic may be congested on Monday. Click on the above link for nine things you need to know about the reconstruction and closure. - - - - - Drivers: Avoid Blanchette Bridge Construction Traffic, Find New Routes Alternate Routes: - - - - - When Will the Blanchette Bridge Close? Patch Has …