ST. LOUIS - Traffic is flowing well on the new section of Interstate 64 and seems to have stabilized on the regional roads now on the fourth day after the reopening of I-64. Wednesday evening rush and Thursday morning rush did not have major weather or incidents to hamper it and the traffic flow on the region's roads is improving.
"The new section of I-64 is flowing very well with the increased congestion still at the Poplar Street Bridge and I-270 sections of the road. These locations were the congested spots before the reconstruction and most likely will continue," said MoDOT I-64 Project Director Lesley Hoffarth. "However, we did notice last night and this morning, the volumes on I-64 were down slightly compared to Monday. Motorists are readjusting and making decisions regarding which road to use for their commute. We are pleased to see the traffic is spreading out amongst all the regional interstates."
The biggest change in traffic and biggest benefit to motorists has been the decrease on Interstate 270 between I-64 and I-44. The morning rush backup is now starting north of I-44 to Manchester Road. The evening rush is only between Manchester and Dougherty Ferry. There are some backups in the right lane between Ladue Road and I-64 in the evening as drivers make the merge to I-64. Otherwise, the travel times on I-270 have greatly improved.
MoDOT, County and City engineers continue to monitor the interchanges on I-64 and the major local streets to adjust signal timing. Changes to Lindbergh north and south have improved both the morning and evening rush. The only remaining trouble spot is the westbound exit to McKnight in the evening. Traffic on the ramp backs up occasionally and engineers will be monitoring it and making adjustments again tonight to improve this situation.
For more information on the I-64 project, call MoDOT Customer Service at 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visit http://www.thenewi64.org/.