On Sunday I happened to look at what things were trending on Twitter and was surprised to see "Big Bend". Big Bend is kind of a funny name for a long long road which winds through a large part of the St. Louis area going north and south and east and west. It does have a big bend and many more bends than one. We can turn onto Big Bend at Clayton road just a couple of blocks from here...and we do...often.
Anyway the reason it was trending on Twitter was because of all the crashes that occur near the exit from 64/40 eastbound and sometimes westbound. This is a mean bit of interstate and it is not at all unusual for accidents to take place because the traffic going east has been coming from the west and meeting cars trying to merge onto 64/40 from Hanley. All of a sudden the right hand lane is exit only at Big Bend which means everyone in the right lane has to get over and the huge numbers of cars getting on at that point have to get over as well.
I find this more than tricky. People around here, and we too, often have to shop in the Promenade or the shops along Hanley and take the highway back home. Frankly it's gotten so bad I have given up most times and taken the side streets. This area of Big Bend and the interstate was made much worse after the Highway 64 re-do back in 2007. If you are unfamiliar with this lane ending and merging at Big Bend it causes all kinds of problems.
This is a very busy area what with all the popular Promenade, Galleria and other things. And too many exits for comfort beginning at Brentwood/170 then Hanley, Big Bend, McCausland, Hampton. All in close proximity to each other.