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Community Relations Manager Linda Wilson, 314-340-4117

January 07, 2009 12:00 AM
I-64 Regional Traffic Briefing Jan. 7 POST AM RUSH
Spot Locations Experiencing Extra Congestion

     ST. LOUIS - Normal weather and a normal workday saw the usual congestion spots around the region with the third week of the I-64 closure from I-170 to Kingshighway.  Some new traffic patterns and congested spots are developing with the change to the east half closure.

            Eastbound I-64 between the Missouri River bridge and I-270 has seen an increase in traffic back to the 2007 levels before the I-64 west half closure.  During 2008, the volumes were reduced about 40 percent for this section of I-64.  Now, traffic is stop and go between Clarkson Road and Mason Road from 7-8 a.m.   "It appears drivers who found another route for the west half closure have come back to I-64," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair.  "The congestion is back to the way it was in 2007.  We are encouraging motorists to consider flexing their hours if they want to improve their travel time along this stretch of I-64.  From Mason Road to I-170, I-64 is flowing at the speed limit."

Congestion around the downtown Clayton area peaks late in the morning rush period.  The roads closest to this area don't clear up until after 9 a.m.  One congested area is southbound I-170, which is backing up from Delmar to Forest Park Parkway.  Motorists are encouraged to use other exits from I-170 to get into Clayton including Delmar and Ladue Road. 

            Forest Park Parkway has the heaviest volume from 8 to 9 a.m.  The section from Skinker through Big Bend continues to cause the most delays.  City and County engineers continue to monitor these intersections and make minor timing adjustments.  A motorist had a flat tire westbound on the Parkway at Big Bend around 8 a.m. this morning.  One lane was closed for several minutes and extended the backups on the Parkway well into the city.   

            More traffic appeared to use the Hanley to Eager to I-170 detour this morning.  Volumes on Brentwood Boulevard were better than earlier this week.  The travel times on Brentwood were only a few minutes higher than before. 

For more information on the I-64 project, visit www.thenewi64.org/ or call the project hotline at 314-524-9191.  For current traffic conditions, go to www.gatewayguide.com/ or call 5-1-1.

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