Metro-East News

IDOT tentatively plans July 6 MLK bridge closure

A four-and-a-half month closure of the Martin Luther King Bridge is tentatively scheduled for July 6, so work can begin on new decks for the bridge, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

However, the MLK Bridge closure will not begin until the Poplar Street Bridge is fully reopened, said Jeff Church, a project implementation engineer for IDOT.

That project is being carried out by the Missouri Department of Transportation. “We do coordinate things with MoDOT to minimize the conflicts,” Church said.

Two westbound lanes on the PSB are closed, as well as an exit ramp to I-44 westbound. The lanes and exit ramp are expected to reopen the week of July 13, said Andrew Gates, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Church added IDOT hopes to have a firm date for the MLK Bridge closure set by the middle of next week in order to give people a few days notice.

Work on the $16 million project is set to include a deck replacement, among other things. Work is scheduled to be completed by late November, Church said.

Crews have carrying out overnight closures recently to put scaffolding in place for the project.

The project was planned for 2014, but delayed because bids had come higher than expected.