GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — A bridge near west Springfield that has stood for more than 80 years will soon be demolished.
The I-44 bridge over Pickerel Creek is part of the I-44 Corridor Bridge Bundle, which will see 25 bridges repaired or replaced in three years.
This is a bridge that sees nearly 40,000 drivers a day and starting tonight, crews will begin building crossover lanes in the median, reducing traffic to one lane going westbound.
Crews will work from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the week, so westbound lanes on I-44 will still be open during the day.
When crews finish building the crossover lanes, they will close the bridge entirely so they can demolish it and build a new one.
Both lanes of traffic will shift will to the eastbound side of Pickerel Bridge.
Crews will also add barrier walls, guardrails and permanent striping.