ST. LOUIS - Powerful thunderstorms late afternoon Tuesday, June 2 caused multiple problems and drastically impacted traffic for the second evening rush period after the Big Bend bridge closure. Downed power lines closed southbound I-170 for nearly two hours and all traffic was diverted off at Brentwood Boulevard. Also power outages knocked out signals on Manchester, Hanley, Brentwood and McKnight.
"Every north-south road over I-64 was congested Tuesday night from McCausland Avenue to McKnight Road due to the power outages and I-170 closure," said MoDOT I-64 Project Director Lesley Hoffarth. "All signals had power for this morning's rush hour, but MoDOT still has more than 50 signals around the region that crews will adjust to get back to normal working order before this evening's rush."
Wednesday morning's rush on the major alternate routes to Big Bend was very similar to Monday and Tuesday mornings. Travel times on Brentwood Boulveard where much better today compared to yesterday. The most congested area was the ramps from Eager and I-64 to northbound I-170. The ramps backed up and were congested up to the Forest Park Parkway exit on northbound I-170. Delays on northbound I-170 began about 7:30 a.m. and continued until 9 a.m. Traffic on Hanley to Eager to I-170 appeared heavier today than the previous two mornings. In comparison, traffic on McCausland/Skinker is still flowing well and below the baseline information.
Big Bend over I-64 will remain closed until December 1. Motorists are encouraged to use Brentwood, Hanley to Eager to I-170 or McCausland/Skinker to cross I-64. Motorists can also adjust their time of travel away from the peak hour to reduce their delays.
For more information on the I-64 project, visit http://www.thenewi64.org/, and for real-time traffic information, visit http://www.gatewayguide.com/.