MLK Bridge Closure - East St. Louis, IL
The Illinois Department of Transportation is
confirming the Martin Luther King (MLK) Bridge will be closed to
all traffic for 12 days beginning Monday, October 12, 2009,
weather permitting. The closure is needed to remove the
existing Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) surface, install a waterproofing
membrane over the existing bridge deck surface, place a new HMA
over the waterproofing membrane, place a new concrete barrier
wall, restripe the lanes, and install new guardrail on the MLK
Bridge from the railroad bridge to the Missouri approach.
Traffic control devices, including permanent and
mobile electronic message boards, will be utilized to assist
motorists making their way through the work zone. Motorists are
asked to use alternative routes such as the Poplar Street Bridge
or the Eads Bridge and to allow additional time to travel
through the area. Motorists are also urged to be patient,
reduce speed, and use caution when traveling through the area as
traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.
The contractor on the project is Keeley & Sons, Inc. of East St.
Louis, Illinois. John Scheibal is the Supervising Field
Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in this
area. You may contact him at 618/346-3353.