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Directions for Getting to Downtown St. Charles During Blanchette Bridge Closure

Check out these directions for alternate routes to downtown St. Charles for Christmas Traditions and beyond.

Starting Nov. 2, the Missouri Department of Transportation will close the westbound span of the Blanchette Bridge and divert traffic to the eastbound span of the bridge for a year while the westbound span is overhauled. 

Officials encourage people to avoid Interstate 70 during rush hour. Here are some alternate routes: 

Alternate Routes:

  • According to MoDOT, Route 370 is the signed detour to avoid the construction work
  • Route 364 to Arena Parkway will serve as alternate to Downtown St. Charles
  • Northbound Fifth Street traffic will have a signed detour on Veterans Memorial to Route 94 to access eastbound I-70.
  • I-64 serves as another route to I-270

Driving Directions to Main Street Historic District

  • S. Hwy 94 to MO-94 E toward St. Charles; as you travel over Hwy 70,Hwy. 94 turns into First Capitol Drive. First Capitol Drive to 230 South Main Street, which is the Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • N. Hwy 94 to MO-94 turns into Third St.; merge onto N. Third Street/MO-94 W. Turn left onto Tecumseh St./MO-94 (roundabout). Turn right onto N. Second St./MO-94. From N. Second Street turn left on Clark St. and right on Main St.
  • 370 West take MO-370W to Exit 7, MO-94/North Third St. Merge onto N. Third Street/MO-94. Turn left onto Tecumseh St./MO-94 (roundabout). Turn right onto N. Second St./MO-94. From N. Second Street turn left on Clark St. and right on Main St.
  • 370 East take MO-370E to Exit 7, MO-94/North Third St. Turn right on N. Third St./MO-94. Turn left onto Tecumseh St./MO-94 (roundabout). Turn right onto N. Second St./MO-94. Make a left on Clark St. and right on Main St.
  • 70 West take I-70W exit at Fifth St. (Exit 229B) .Right on Fifth
  • Street to Boone's Lick Road, turn right. Left on Main St.
  • 70 East take I-70E exit at Fifth St. (Exit 229). Left on Fifth St. to Boone's Lick Road, turn right. Left on Main St.
  • 70 East take I-70E exit at First Capitol Dr. (Exit 228). Left on First Capitol Drive to Main St.
  • 70 West take I-70W exit to First Capitol Dr. (Exit 228B). Right on First Capitol Drive to Main St.
  • 270 to 364 West take the Page Extension across the Veterans Memorial Bridge and exit at Arena Parkway (Exit 14). Turn right and continue past The Family Arena until Arena Parkway dead-ends at Friedens Road/South River Road (approx. two miles). Turn right on South River Road and continue one mile to Main Street, and turn right to enter historic district.
Jane November 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
They are STILL putting out these INCORRECT maps? Fifth Street between First Capitol and 70 is SOUTH Fifth Street.
Kalen Ponche November 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Hmm- I didn't realize they were incorrect. I'll see if they have an updated one and replace it. Thanks!
Kalen Ponche November 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
It appears the maps on the city's websites are the same as the ones above. Everyone should note, South Fifth Street turns into North Fifth Street at Jefferson Street.
Jane November 02, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I called the Convention & Visitors department a while ago & "reported" it to them. Should've notified you! Maybe they'd have taken it more seriously, then. In the grand scheme of things, it *probably* won't make a difference, but it reflects badly on the city's attention to detail. IMO!

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