Drivers should expect narrow lanes and traffic delays on Interstate-270 between Manchester Road and Interstate-44 beginning Wednesday night.
The will narrow northbound and southbound I-270 lanes and then close lanes on northbound I-270 at night. Most of this work is taking place on weekdays between 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
As as crews work to widen I-270 between Manchester Road and I-44.
MoDOT released the following details in a news release.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin narrowing lanes on northbound and southbound Interstate 270 from Manchester Road (Route 100) to Interstate 44 starting Wednesday, May 2. MoDOT will close various lanes on northbound I-270 at night this week for asphalt paving operations. Crews will narrow one lane at a time from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays. Next week, crews will do the same closures and work on southbound I-270.
Because of the restrictions on the roadway and rock bluffs, MoDOT will permanently narrow all lanes on northbound and southbound I-270 to 11 feet (the same width as I-44 during the I-64 reconstruction in 2009 and 2010), which allows for the ability to widen the highway and add a fifth lane during this project. When construction is completed, this section of roadway will still have full width shoulders in most locations.
Construction for this entire widening project on I-270 will occur for approximately two years, which includes widening work, roadway construction, work in the rock bluffs and installing soundwalls. MoDOT will narrow and shift the existing four lanes in from Manchester to I-44 in the two year project, so motorists will have no shoulders in some locations as crews widen the road. Motorists can expect lane closures at night and during day-time off peak hours as a part of this work. When construction is completed, it should increase the average speed and reduce delays during peak travel times. Construction of the actual widening work will occur this year on northbound I-270. The southbound widening work begins in 2013.
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