ST. LOUIS - Traffic continued to flow well on the first evening rush period after the west half of I-64 reopened and the east half closed. Evening rush was still light as roads throughout the area had lower volumes. Heavy traffic on the interstates didn't reach peak until about 4:30 p.m.
Volumes on the new section of I-64 were about 40 percent lower than those from 2007 before MoDOT closed the western section of highway. Traffic continued to flow well through the new section, with traffic moving at the speed limit.
Many crashes and incidents around the region on the interstates caused delays including a major crash on northbound I-270 near Big Bend. As a reminder, the law states that if you have a crash and there are no injuries, drivers are required to move out of the driving lanes.
Travel times on Page Ave. and Lindbergh Blvd. were about 50 percent higher than prior to the west half closure. There was significant congestion on I-64 at Brentwood Blvd., I-170 at Eager Road, and Brentwood at Manchester during this evening's rush. Forest Park has seen increases between 30 and 60 percent, and travel times increased by 3 minutes.
Olive Blvd. is a good option for an alternate mode of travel, as are both I-70 and I-44.
Drivers are getting used to the new Lindbergh interchange. Drivers now have one exit, in both directions, for Lindbergh. "We have had some confusion at this exit," said Lesley Hoffarth, I-64 project director. "People were used to having to choose their exit by whether they were going north or south. Now, people exit and then can choose whether they go north or south through the single point intersection."
Maintenance crews are standing by this evening for the snow expected just before tomorrow morning's rush period. The crews are prepared to deal with the snow, and then the possible sleet and drizzle which is forecast to follow through the day.
- Avoid Forest Park Parkway - Take Olive Blvd. or Page Ave.
- Avoid Manchester Ave. in Maplewood.
- Olive Blvd. traffic was very light.
- I-170 access: Brentwood Blvd. use Galleria Parkway; Hanley Road use Eager Road
- Metro has a good amount of capacity available in their parking garages.
For more information on the I-64 project, visit http://www.thenewi64.org/, and for real-time traffic information, visit http://www.gatewayguide.com/.