Route 141 at I-44. (File photo)
By Talia Kaplan
Valley Park, MO (KSDK) - Flooding could completely shut down a major interchange Friday evening.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is paying close attention to the rising waters at Highway 141 and Interstate 44.
On Friday, for the majority of the day, two lanes were closed on southbound 141 because of the flooding and MoDOT anticipates that the whole section of road, in both directions, will be closed by the evening.
The water is coming from the Meramec River nearby. Right now the river is elevated and expected to rise even more before it falls. Meteorologists say the Meramec River is about 10 feet above flood stage. They say it's currently at 26 feet and it's expected to crest at 27.3 feet, so it's near crest and that means the section of the highway should reopen sometime in the next couple of days but, until then the closure would affect thousands of drivers.
If you typically travel on the interchange you are encouraged to travel on I-270 instead. MoDOT was supposed to work on bridge repairs on northbound 270 between Gravois and I-44 on Friday but, that has been postponed due to the anticipated flooding.