Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hwy. 370 at I-70 Interchange to Open Ahead of Schedule

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hwy. 370 at I-70 Interchange to Open Ahead of Schedule

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Engineers at the Missouri Highways and Transportation Department have put smiles on the faces of St. Charles officials by announcing Thursday that the Highway 370 interchange at Interstate 70 will open April 1, four months ahead of schedule.

It had been planned to open the following August, said Ted Nauman, the project's engineer, while atop the 370 ramp that will tie in with eastbound Interstate 70.

When completed, Highway 370 will have taken an estimated $101 million to build. It will stretch for eight miles from the new Discovery Bridge at the Missouri River to Interstate 70 at the site of the former state truck-weighing scales at St. Peters. The scales have been moved to Foristell.

Nauman said the bridge and road are expected to carry 70,000 vehicles daily from the interchange at Interstate 270 in St. Louis County to the Interstate 70 interchange. The intent is to break up some of the daily traffic jams on Interstate 70 in the St. Charles area.

He said good weather this spring and summer are the principal reasons the project is proceeding ahead of schedule. Nauman said he and other engineers sat down with the general contractor, Fred Weber Inc., and the paving contractor, Millstone-Bangert of St. Louis, to see how the schedule could be advanced further.

He said the contractors have used extra personnel and have worked longer shifts on the project to lop six months off the construction timetable.

In working to link the new Highway 370 extension to Interstate 70, Fred Weber is widening Interstate 70 by adding three westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes from Mid Rivers Mall Drive eastward to the new Highway 370 interchange. The north and south outer roads will be relocated to allow for the widening of Interstate 70.

Weber is expected to be done by next fall.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in May awarded the last paving contract on the project to Millstone-Bangert of St. Louis. The company is getting $5. …

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