ST. LOUIS - Motorists have returned to Interstate 64 and the volumes continue to change and fluctuate on the regional roads the third day of the reopening. The new eastern half of I-64 has volumes now greater than in 2007.
"Tuesday evening rush was significantly impacted by weather and incidents," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair. "The new section of highway is working well, but the ends of I-64 at Poplar Street Bridge and at I-270 have increased congestion. Motorists need to consider all the available roads and avoid the peak to improve their travel times."
In the evening, motorists are advised to take I-70 or I-55 eastbound to the Poplar Street Bridge. For westbound I-64 motorists, consider I-70 or I-44 or the major arterials. The other interstates around the region continue to have reduced traffic and are flowing well.
The morning traffic all three days has continued to have increased congestion on I-64 eastbound between K and I-270. This section of roadway was not changed with the project and motorists should consider other roads to improve their travel times.
At the new interchanges along I-64, motorists continue to only use one of the two available left or right turn lanes. Motorists are also blocking the intersections. Motorists are encouraged to use all available turn lanes to get the most traffic through the green lights. Also, motorists are making illegal u-turns at the Kingshighway interchange.
Both St. Louis City and County report Forest Park Parkway volumes have reduced 60 percent eastbound and 50 percent westbound.
Traffic engineers continue to monitor intersections on the key arterials. Signal timing adjustments have been made on Lindbergh and on McKnight to reduce the backups exiting I-64.
MoDOT engineers will continue monitoring rush periods for the remainder of this week and again after the holidays to make further adjustments as needed. For more information on the I-64 project, visit http://www.thenewi64.org/.