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Public Meeting Explores I-270 Traffic Problems, Possible Solutions

Brett Blume
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss future traffic and safety improvement options on a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 270 in north St. Louis County.

The meeting marks the end of a year-long study process that included public discussions focusing on the segment of I-270 from McDonnell Boulevard to Rte. 367.

Larry Welty, MoDOT’s North County area engineers, says they’ve heard concerns from residents and business owners about congestion and other issues that perpetually afflict that area.

“From McDonnell Boulevard to east of New Florissant Road, the traffic back-ups on roads approaching I-270 such as Lindbergh Boulevard, New Florissant and Rte. 367 are often mentioned by drivers,” he says. “The entrance and exit ramps that require crossing oncoming traffic on Dunn Road are also a major concern.”

He says now it’s time to look at possible solutions.

“One is we’re proposing adding lanes from Lindbergh to 367,” Welty tells KMOX News. “It drops from four lanes to three lanes there, so that would help.”

One proposed solution to those unique and often intimidating cross-overs is to convert the outer road to one-way, improving access to and from the interstate without significant impacts to nearby property owners.

Another proposal would retain the two-way outer roads with U-turn lanes at interchanges to reduce travel times to access properties on the outer roads have also been discussed.

All of these ideas and more will be open for discussion during an Open House meeting Tuesday from 4 until 7 pm in the Student Center Multipurpose Room at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road.

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