Downtown St. Louis work could cause problems for metro-east commuters

News-DemocratOctober 14, 2013 

People who commute to downtown St. Louis could face traffic problems thanks to plans to renovate the Gateway Arch grounds.

Washington Avenue has been closed from Memorial Drive and Second Street downtown to make room for the work. That stretch is expected to be closed for about a month, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The closure could especially impact people who take the Eads Bridge downtown by causing a bottleneck at the Missouri end of the span.

The renovations call for a cap to be placed over the depressed section of Interstate 70 that runs through the city parallel to the Mississippi River. The cost of the work is $26.4 million. The job is to be completed in the fall of 2015.

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