Facilities Operations Update

Weekend work in Kingshighway starting February 14th for six weekends

Sent on behalf of Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

February 14 marks the start of six consecutive weekends of extensive utility work in northbound Kingshighway to support the new patient care tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Weekend 1
The first long weekend of work will begin at 8 pm, Wednesday, February 14th and conclude by 6 am, Tuesday, February 20th. It will entail a lane shift for northbound Kingshighway traffic at Barnes-Jewish Plaza into one southbound lane. Impacts include the following:
• Northbound drivers can turn right from Kingshighway onto Barnes-Jewish Plaza.
• Barriers will separate northbound from southbound traffic lanes, starting south of Barnes-Jewish Plaza.
• The barriers will prohibit left turns from Kingshighway onto Barnes-Jewish Plaza and Hospital Dr. (Hospital Dr. enters Forest Park across from Barnes-Jewish Plaza.)
• The traffic signal at Kingshighway and Barnes-Jewish Plaza will be turned off to keep northbound and southbound traffic moving to prevent backups.
• The northbound traffic will shift back into northbound lanes at the traffic light in front of the BJH emergency department.
• Traffic control flaggers will help keep vehicles moving.
Weekends 2-6
Subsequent weekends will not entail a lane shift or detour; however, northbound Kingshighway adjacent to the patient care tower will be reduced to one or two lanes starting at 8 p.m. Friday and concluding by 6 a.m. Monday.

Alternate routes for team members and physicians
This work is expected to cause delays, especially on northbound Kingshighway. To avoid delays, team members and physicians who typically take Kingshighway have alternatives that provide easy access to all parking garages and lots, including the Plaza and Laclede garages:

  • From Hwy. 40/I64: the Boyle and Tower Grove Ave. exits
  • From I44: the Vandeventer exit or the Kingshighway to Manchester to Taylor

Patient communications
A message in MyChart accounts will alert patients about the work and prompt them to plan extra travel time. Team members are encouraged to talk with patients and visitors who have procedures or visits scheduled, especially during the February 4th -20th diversion.

Stay tuned!
The weather may impact the schedule; any delays or changes to the schedule will be communicated.
Questions can be directed to Justin Brieg, BJC project manager.