The Post Dispatch updates readers on the progress of the Poplar Street Bridge re-surfacing and finds that drivers are becoming unglued after 2 months of sitting in long jams.
"They're tailgating, screaming and letting fingers fly. They're refusing to let others merge, and they're crashing more often."
This I can believe, traveling over that bridge numerous times a week. The worst moment for me was the days just after the power went out all over the St. Louis area. While two thirds of the population of this area were struggling with no electricity, buying food meal by meal, trying to keep cool, the construction on the bridge continued unabated throwing drivers attempting to get across the river into massive jams.
Insult to injury. Now it seems everyone is fed up with the constant mess on that bridge. Supposedly, according to MoDOT, things will "flow better this week because crews will move resurfacing to the outer lanes from the center lanes." I'll believe that when I see it. It is just not possible.
An additional story in the P-D brings up the next horror looming over the St. Louis traffic horizon, the complete re-structuring of Highway 40 and a possible complete shutdown for 3 years. Some workplace expert, Daniel G. Jay, believes the road shut down will cause "heads down" workers to turn their dining rooms into their offices and work from home.
Those MoDOT experts need to pay attention to what has happened to the patience of drivers trying to get across the Poplar each day and multiply that frustration by a thousand in order to predict what they will be dealing with in the event of a 3 year Highway 40 closure.