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Interstate 55 to be closed for 24 hours during overpass demolition

Saturday, June 11, 2011

SIKESTON- Interstate 55 from Benton to Miner will be closed for a 24-hour period next weekend for demolition of the Route H overpass, just south of Blodgett.

Traffic will be detoured to Route 61 from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday.

"We realize closing this portion of I-55 will be an inconvenience and tried to schedule it to minimize that as much as possible," said Southeast Regional Field Engineer Andy Meyer. "The closure is necessary to remove the Route H overpass."

Meyer explained the overpass is a voided-slab structure with one column in the median.

"With the type of structure we are removing, demolition must be done this way and I-55 must be closed," he said.

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