The Missouri American Water company is about to replace a new water line on Hanley Road in Clayton from Forsyth going south to Forest Park Boulevard. Lanes will often be down to one in both directions for 7 months as the company digs a big trench down the middle of Hanley. This could be troublesome to many, at least at the beginning, because many people work in downtown Clayton and use Hanley coming from the south. Many normal days Hanley is a slow go beginning all the way out to Eager Road so this could be interesting.
As I read some of the comments connected to this announcement by Missouri American, I'm kind of surprised this is surprising news to many people. I got an email from the City of Clayton giving this information and I've seen it in the paper and online. However, the email from Clayton came on Friday afternoon, Halloween and Friday to boot, so it's easy to see how some overlooked it.
In any event water lines in Clayton are often over 100 years old and do need replacing and many times the Hanley stretch is the site of water main breaks. But this could be a major traffic backup if drivers don't find an alternate route into downtown.
This is one instance in which had 170 been continued south to 44 and even 55 it would have made a huge difference to the region. It might even have helped with the horrible 270 traffic and been a true inner belt. But it's too late now.