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Community Relations Coordinator Linda Wilson Horn, 314-453-5063

November 06, 2012 07:41 PM
I-70 Traffic Increased on Second Night of Blanchette closure
Route 364 continues to see the largest increase in traffic

ST LOUIS - Traffic on the I-70 bridge continued to move well during the second evening rush period after traffic shifted to the eastbound bridge as part of the Blanchette Bridge reconstruction. However, numbers on I-70 were higher tonight than Monday night.  Traffic remained high on the closest two river crossings on Route 370 and Route 364.

            "People continue to do the right thing and use Route 370 and Route 364 while the Blanchette Bridge has reduced lanes," said MoDOT St Louis Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair.  "We noticed additional traffic using I-70 tonight and delays on the ramp from Earth City Expressway to westbound I-70.  We want to encourage people to use the alternate routes during rush hour."

The worst time to travel in the p.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 PM Peak

I-70 WB

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. / 6,977 vehicles

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m./ 4,840 vehicles

Route 370 WB

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. / 4,378 vehicles

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m./ 4,957 vehicles

Route 364 WB

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. / 6,004 vehicles

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m./8,230 vehicles

I-64 WB

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. / 4,425 vehicles

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m./4,472 vehicles

 

The westbound I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge was closed November 4, 2012, and both directions of I-70 were placed on the eastbound bridge.  The work zone has reduced  I-70 from 10 lanes total to 6 lanes (3 for each direction) until Fall 2013.  MoDOT will be performing $63 million in major rehabilitation to the 54-year-old westbound bridge.

            For more information on the project, visit www.modot.org/blanchettebridge.

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