Whew! Quite the re-do coming for the conglomeration of streets which make up the intersection of many streets. We are at this cross section almost every day and have learned to adjust to whatever the situation is, but now the St. Louis powers will be reajusting things to make the cars, bikers, runners and walkers work well together.
That is the hope anyway. Here's a map of the area showing the coming new routes/access.
For years this has been an ugly mess with tons of traffic every hour of the day coming from all directions, each area with it's own stoplight. We've counted 6 areas, there may be more. The Clayton/Skinker intersection is vast, filled with lanes which can go straight or turn. You have to know which is which and know when the light will be yours. There's even a tiny street just behind the Big Amoco and Cheshire which has a light, but no left turns are allowed. Across the way from this point is Clayton Ave...or Oakland depending on where you're going. McCausland is what Skinker becomes after Clayton. It's tricky for those who aren't used to all this and especially tricky at night.
On the east side there are two different stop lights, one from Oakland which is a diagaonal going toward Skinker and one on Clayton Avenue (different from Clayton Road) and heading straight toward the Hi-Pointe theater.
Driving north down McCausland from say, Maplewood and you want to turn left onto Clayton, you have to be aware that you will go from 2 lanes to five and that there are two left turn lanes onto Clayton. Then when you are exiting highway 40/64 at Clayton/Skinker there are two lanes going straight west across the intersection, a right hand turn lane and a left hand turn lane. The left most straight ahead lane veers suddenly into the right most straight ahead lane. The left is not aligned well across Skinker and there are many near misses and many sideswipes as drivers in the left drift into the right straight ahead lane.
If you can understand all this, you probably drive around here alot.
Add to all this are many bikers who slide into the left turn lanes or driving lanes and walkers with or without dogs who try to cross at various points. All this adds up to really long red lights. So, yes, something needs to be done. i just hope they will do enough.