When Interstate 64 reopens Monday, drivers in both directions will face narrowed and shifted lanes between Kingshighway and Vandeventer Avenue.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, workers will stripe the three 10-foot lanes in each direction between Hampton and Forest Park avenues in St. Louis and shift traffic to the middle of the interstate for roadwork that is expected to last several months.
During the ongoing construction, MoDOT will keep three lanes open in each direction on I-64 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Overnight and weekends, the department will close as many as two of those open lanes for construction work.
The Vandeventer Avenue ramp to westbound I-64 is expected to remain closed until fall 2013
"With narrowed and shifted lanes, we expect to have some congestion in this area, especially during morning and evening rush periods," said Deanna Venker, MoDOT area engineer for St. Louis. "All commuters have several options to avoid congestion."
* Long distance commuters heading from downtown to west St. Louis County should consider traveling I-44 or I-70 to detour around the construction.
* Midtown travelers should use Chouteau/Manchester or Forest Park Avenue to avoid the congestion.
* Commuters should, where possible, investigate telecommuting, flex their work hours or use Metro to avoid peak traffic times.
I-64 will be completely closed in both directions between Hampton and Forest Park Avenue from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Monday.