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Chouteau Bridge Replacement Project

The bridge is OPEN! During a ribboncutting ceremony on January 19, 2007, MoDOT and elected officials cut the ribbon opening the bridge announcing the completion of the project.


Chouteau Bridge Pic - website




The Missouri Department of Transportation, with its contractor KCI Construction Company, is rebuilding a new bridge located between Vandeventer and 39th St.   Crews closed the bridge February 17, 2005 and it will re-open Spring 2007. 

The construction contract was awarded to KCI Construction Company for $11.7 million. Construction is expected to begin in early 2005 and should be completed in two years. During construction, the bridge will be closed completely to traffic. Access to and from I-64 at Vandeventer will remain open during construction.

In 2003, MoDOT agreed to take over Chouteau from the city of St. Louis. As part of this responsibility, the long overdue Chouteau Bridge between Vandeventer and 39th St. would have to be replaced, as it is nearly 100 years old. The Chouteau Bridge was designed as a five-lane structure with sidewalks on both sides. Because of its severely deteriorated condition, and being unsafe for pedestrian access, the bridge is not earthquake resistant and traffic is now restricted to using two lanes in the center of the bridge. The bridge is heavily used by people in the surrounding neighborhoods in their daily travels to home, work, or other activities. Funding to rebuild it has been approved.

About The Project

The Chouteau bridge project includes replacing the bridge and providing pedestrian accommodations. The bridge carries traffic over the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern railroad tracks. MoDOT and St. Louis City officials have also agreed to remove the Vandeventer overpass bridge/ramp and replace it. When the project is complete, the ramp from eastbound I-64 will end at Vandeventer rather than at the Chouteau Avenue overpass. Access to and from I-64 will be through a signalized intersection at Vandeventer. By removing the ramp, the bridge would maintain the same level of service for motorists while reducing cost. MoDOT is designating $16 million to the reconstruction of this bridge.

Detour Information

View the Chouteau detour map. (85 kb, 1 page)

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Public Involvement

The public open house hearing was held on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at Wohl Memorial Institute from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. located 1221 Grand Blvd. in St. Louis, MO. At the meeting, approximately 40 members of the public attended. Also at the meeting, a certified court reporter was on hand to take comments from the public about the detour routes for the reconstruction of the bridge.

For More Information, Contact:

  • MoDOT Project Manager Lesley Solinger Hoffarth at
  • MoDOT City Area Engineer Deanna Venker at 314-877-0118


    1. Why is the bridge being replaced?

    The Chouteau Bridge was designed as a five-lane structure with sidewalks on both sides. Because of its severely deteriorated condition, traffic is now restricted to using two lanes in the center of the bridge.

    2. Where is the project located?

    The Chouteau Bridge is located on Chouteau Ave. between Vandeventer to the west and 39th Street to the east.

    3. During construction, what streets will be closed partially or entirely?

    During construction the bridge itself will be closed.

    4. How long will construction last?

    Approximately two years. The project is planned to start in early spring 2005 and is expected to be open to traffic by spring/summer 2007. Demolition is planned for early spring 2005.

    5. What about access to the business surrounding these bridges?

    Continued access from I-64 through Vandeventer and access to all businesses will be maintained.

    6. Will MoDOT need to acquire additional right-of-way (R/W) to replace these bridges?

    Yes, all right of way was purchased by St. Louis City with the assistance of MoDOT in the mid-90s.

    7. Will there be pedestrian accommodations?
                                                                                                                                                   Yes, sidewalks will be on the on the south side of Chouteau. All intersections will have marked crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

    8. How can I learn more about this and other projects going on around the city and state?

    Check out MoDOT's web site at www.modot.org, call MoDOT Customer Service at 1-888-ASK-MODOT or contact Area Engineer Deanna Venker at 314-877-0118 or Sr. Community Relations Specialist, Debbie Allen at 314/340-4163.
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