JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation will be be making emergency repairs to the eastbound Interstate 70 bridge crossing the Missouri river near Rocheport “for the next 48 to 72 hours,” according to a release from MoDOT.

MoDOT says the emergency maintenance is being performed on at least one of the bridge’s expansion joints, which allow the bridge to expand and contract.

The Missouri Department of Transportation indicated that heavy delays and congestion are expected for the duration of the project.

I-70 eastbound will be down to one lane at the 114 mile marker, which sits on the Cooper-Boone County line. Delays could stretch for miles, MoDOT advised. The westbound lanes of traffic will not be affected.

The speed limit on the bridge will also be reduced to 45 mph until the work has been completed.

MoDOT is suggesting that if possible, drivers should alter their travel routes around the bridge, adding that Routes 50 or 36 could be good options.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience this unplanned work is causing,” MoDOT Central District Engineer David Silvester said in a press release. “We will work around the clock to make these repairs as quickly as possible, but due to the extent of the problem, the work is likely going to take a few days. In the meantime, we will try to keep one eastbound lane of the bridge open, and the bridge is safe for travel.”

Drivers in the area are encouraged to be cautious when traveling on eastbound 70 in the area and to practice patience for any delays caused by the bridge repairs.