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11.06.2009 7:31 am

Highway 40 to reopen Dec. 7

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Highway 40 (Interstate 64) will reopen to the public Dec. 7 — a month early and under budget, officials said this morning.

The Missouri Department of Transportation made the announcement at a 9:30 a.m. news conference to announce the reopening of the stretch of highway between Kingshighway and I-170.

MoDOT Chief Pete Rahn made the announcement on one of the nearly completed ramps off Hanley Road.

“The project that many said MoDOT could not deliver on time and on budget will be completed $11 million under budget and one month early,” Rahn said.

Rahn thanked area officials for their cooperation and the public for their patience.

“This was a project we could not fail on,” Rahn said.

Also in attendance Friday morning were St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Dooley described the news of the Dec. 7 opening date as “an early Christmas present for shoppers and retailers.”

Slay remarked on the “skepticism” of many area residents regarding the state’s ability to complete the project without causing traffic chaos.

“The skeptics were shown it can be done,” Slay said.

The officials spoke above the din of construction work continuing in the background.

Rahn said that a party will be held on a portion of the newly completed interstate to celebrate the re-opening on Dec. 6, a Sunday, culminating with a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. The highway will officially open on Monday, Dec. 7.

58 comments

Hell Yeah!!

— TiredOfTheParkway
7:49 am November 6th, 2009

i will guess the day is December 21st.

— SRV
8:00 am November 6th, 2009

who cares, at most its only going to be another 8 weeks. whats 8 weeks when we have already completed 96.

— jaycee
8:11 am November 6th, 2009

December 12th

— TK
8:11 am November 6th, 2009

November 23rd. A friend @ MoDot told me that over a month ago.

— Greg
8:14 am November 6th, 2009

It will be before December 31 so Gateway can get their $2 mil phony bonus money - like MODOT has ANY of our money to give away. Those contractors, suppliers, Modotters, and trades are lucky to even have jobs. That should be a bonus enough! Let’s not do this again… (besides they’re still working on the west section that was started in 2007.) CHA-CHINGGG!

— PurePork
8:18 am November 6th, 2009

December 7, Monday morning before rush hour.

— Will
8:23 am November 6th, 2009

June 10th. :P

— duff man
8:40 am November 6th, 2009

Hope you’re right Greg but we had an awfully soggy October.

— Justsayin
8:44 am November 6th, 2009

Let’s guess the date that Dan Galvin will be at the bank cashing his bonus check? I say November 24th or does he have direct deposit?

— Dan Galvin
8:44 am November 6th, 2009

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