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Prepared by Marie Elliott at 314-453-1807

November 06, 2012 11:09 AM
I-70 Traffic Moves Smoothly during Second Morning of Detour
Motorists urged to use Route 370 and Route 364 during peak travel times

ST LOUIS - Morning traffic on the I-70 bridge increased a little today but continued to move well. This is the second morning rush hour after all lanes of eastbound and westbound traffic shifted to the eastbound bridge Sunday as part of the Blanchette Bridge reconstruction. MoDOT is performing $63 million in major rehabilitation to the 54-year-old westbound bridge.

Some motorists appeared to return to I-70 for the morning commute causing a slight increase in volume. Many motorists appeared to favor Route 364 during peak travel and traffic on Route 370 remained steady. Traffic peaks were earlier today on I-70, Route 370 and I-64, as motorists adjusted commute times due to the detour.  

"The morning commute went well again today. Motorists seemed to shift around on the routes and make some adjustments to their commute times today. This is what it will take to keep traffic moving during this project," said MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer Ed Hassinger.

"We did see an increase in traffic on I-70 and this will cause serious travel delays if motorists return their routine. We urge motorists to continue using Routes 370 and 364 during morning rush hour," he added.

The worst time to travel and traffic volumes in the a.m. rush before and after the lane reduction on I-70 on the four Missouri River Crossings are as follows:

Route

Before I-70 Bridge Closure

Nov 6 AM Peak

I-70

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. / 5,356 vehicles

7:00-8:00 a.m. / 5,533 vehicles

Route 370

7 - 8 a.m. / 4,115 vehicles

6:45-7:45 a.m. / 5,149

Route 364

7 - 8 a.m. / 6064 vehicles

6:45-7:45 a.m. / 7,649 vehicles

I-64

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. / 5,542 vehicles

6:45-7:45 a.m. / 6089 vehicles**

**Crash eastbound I-64 before bridge during peak hour

Along with the I-70 lane closures, the ramp from northbound Fifth Street to eastbound I-70 remains closed until Fall 2013.  For more information on the project, visit www.modot.org/blanchettebridge.

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