Route 109 Will Be Closed Indefinitely
The caving-in problem of a section in Missouri Route 109 worsened over the night, so Missouri Department of Transportation engineers have shut down the highway due to safety precautions and to develop a new plan.
Missouri Route 109 between Turkey Track Road and Christy Road is now closed for an indefinite time, due to emergency repairs.
Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews have been monitoring a portion of the route, which has been deteriorating notably since Sunday due to a poor foundation. That deterioration accelerated, requiring the closure, even though the highway was still open to traffic last night.
MoDOT engineers are on-site, and evaluating the situation to determine the next steps. The department's community relations manager, Andrew Gates, said the original plans were to address this foundational work in 2013 when a resurfacing project for Route 109 was slated.
But the pace at which the foundation is deteriorating calls for immediate action, Gates said.
Drivers are encourage to use Old State Road and Route 100 to detour around the closure.
Gates said MoDOT teams hope to have more details about the new repair plan by this afternoon's public meeting already scheduled about Missouri Route 109 at LaSalle Springs Middle School between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Editor's Note: Business owners operating from the southernmost Wildwood Town Center area near the Wildwood Y and St. Louis Community College would like everyone to know they are still open for business, and easy to access from Highway 100.