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Stadium Boulevard bridge over I-70 to close until Monday

Friday, October 11, 2013 | 6:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Stadium Boulevard bridge over Interstate 70 will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday.

The closure will not affect traffic flow on the interstate, and drivers will still be able to access I-70, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. On- and off-ramps will remain open, but drivers will be able to travel only in certain directions. Clearly marked detours will be available.

Graphic by Graciela Aguilarleon

For drivers traveling north on Stadium from south of I-70:

  • To go east on I-70, turn right onto the ramp as usual.
  • To go west on I-70, turn right onto Bernadette Drive, then left onto Beverly Drive, then right onto I-70 Drive Southwest. Follow it to the West Boulevard interchange and merge onto westbound I-70.
  • To continue north on Stadium, turn right onto Bernadette Drive, then left onto Beverly Drive, then right onto I-70 Drive Southwest. Follow it to the West Boulevard interchange, and then turn left onto Business Loop 70 West, which leads west back to Stadium.

For drivers traveling south on Stadium from north of I-70:

  • To go east on I-70, turn left onto Business Loop 70 West, follow it to the West Boulevard interchange and merge onto eastbound I-70.
  • To go west on I-70, turn right onto the ramp as usual.
  • To continue south on Stadium, turn left onto Business Loop 70 West, follow it to the West Boulevard interchange and turn right onto I-70 Drive Southwest, which leads west back to Stadium.

For eastbound drivers exiting I-70 at Stadium:

  • To go south on Stadium, exit as usual.
  • To go north on Stadium, exit at Route 163/Providence Road, turn right to take Providence south, then turn right onto Business Loop 70 East, which leads back to Stadium.
  • Or, to go north on Stadium, exit at Route 163/Providence Road, turn right to go north on Providence Road, and take I-70 westbound and then exit at Stadium, said Kirsten Munck, assistant resident engineer at MoDOT.
  • The West Boulevard exit will also be open, but left turns are currently not allowed from the eastbound off-ramp.

For westbound drivers exiting I-70 at Stadium:

  • To go south on Stadium, exit at Route 163/Providence Road, turn left to take Providence Road south, then turn right onto Business Loop 70 East, which leads back to the West Boulevard interchange, to the I-70 Drive Southwest detour to Stadium.

  • Or, to go south on Stadium, exit at West Boulevard, follow through the roundabout onto eastbound Business Loop 70 West, then turn right onto I-70 Drive Southwest, which leads back to Stadium.

  • To go north on Stadium, exit as usual.

The bridge is closed for construction of the new diverging diamond interchange, which will open at 6 a.m. Monday. According to MoDOT, the interchange, which is the first of its kind in mid-Missouri, will reduce the congestion for drivers using Stadium Boulevard and I-70 by allowing drivers to cross into opposite lanes of traffic to turn onto I-70 access ramps without waiting on oncoming traffic, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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