Bridge replacement now slated for 2015
It made the news last night
A new article about the replacement of this bridge:
This is the route my dad takes from his doctor and he hates this viaduct/overpass. He says he feels the bumps all the way over it.
This bridge is in terrible shape. It has a 20-ton weight limit. A lot of the rebar is visible on the curbs. Despite this, heavy vehicles like MetroBus and school buses continue to use it daily.
New bridges are initially given a rating of "9". As bridges age and deteriorate, this rating goes down. Before "The New I-64" project started, half of the bridges in the project corridor were rated a 4 or a 3; when they get to Level 2, they are closed. The Kingshighway bridge is currently at Level 3. If it is closed and not replaced soon, a vital link between the hospitals/I-44/I-64 and communities in South St. Louis will be severed.
The replacement viaduct is currently in the design phase. It could be [and probably will be] years before construction. North Tucker Bridge and Grand Blvd. over Mill Creek Railyard are the next structures to be replaced by the City of St. Louis. There are also repairs scheduled in the interim for the Compton Avenue Viaduct over Mill Creek Railyard.
Once "The New I-64" project is complete, this bridge will be torn down and replaced.
I believe that this viaduct is eventually scheduled to be replaced.
This bridge has a weight limit of 20 tons. Trucks approaching this bridge from the south must take a signed detour route instead.