MoDOT blasts I-44 outer road bridge in Laclede County

LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. -- Do not be alarmed this week if you hear small explosions off of I-44 in northern Laclede County.

MoDOT is blasting part of an outer road bridge in Hazelgreen. Explosions will happen periodically there for the next month. The work will also close Interstate 44 in both directions near the 143-mile marker for 15-minute stretches. The closures takes place daily between 1 and 3 p-m.

Workers are clearing the area for the construction of the new I-44 outer road bridge. MoDOT closed the bridge to traffic in December of 2014 due to extensive deterioration.