Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
There are all kinds of new road construction projects beginning today and in the very near future, most of which will have some major impact on traffic. The Poplar work is finished (I hope, hurray) but today IDOT jumps in to close down the MLK bridge. What that means for drivers I don't know, but a Post Dispatch article has a graphic which gives the number of daily vehicles on each bridge and the King has 26,700.
I took a picture from the paper since I can't find this online. I imagine many people take the King if they work at the north end of downtown. The King is another bridge that seems to be a work zone at some point every year.
Then later this month repaving work will begin on Brentwood Boulevard from Marshall Road in Webster Groves north to Eager Road. The new pavement will not be complete til next spring. This is a very busy area, the Eager area especially.
The scariest interstate in the St. Louis area is 270. From South County to North County the traffic mass is thick and fast with entrance ramps close together causing drivers to slam on their brakes or make sudden lane changes. Also 270 from Illinois to 170 is frightening with fast moving traffic, entrances and exits less than a mile one from another carrying loads of vehicles all day long. 270 is a great reason why 170 should have been extended south instead of ending at Eager Road.
On the other hand, population increases in West County and St. Charles County has brought about corporate moves further west from downtown St. Louis. Barnes, one of the largest employers in the area has been little by little moving medical centers west. If you want to drive east on 64/40 to Illinois or downtown St Louis in the morning you won't have much problem, you pretty much zip right along which tells me downtown St. Louis doesn't have the work places it used to have.
Illinois drivers coming to and from the Missouri side, though, never catch a break.
And breaking, a MoDOT spokesman just had a news conference informing the public on upcoming work on 270 in North County.
The 100 most populated cities were measured for how good or bad it is to drive in those places according to Costs, Traffic and Road Conditions, Safety, and Driver and car wellness.
St Louis came in 58th, in the second half. Lubbock Texas was first and best for drivers while New York City was the worst. On the other hand, St. Louis ranked in the top five for St. Louis ranked top five for the most car dealerships, repair shops and car washes per capita.
Back in the late 1930's there was a need to move traffic from Clayton to downtown as so much of the local population was moving west. The Oakland Express Highway was constructed beginning at Skinker to Vandeventer and remained the only expressway until the late 40's/early 50's. Drivers were able to whiz along at 30 mph.
The Tamm overpass was first constructed back then.
The Kingshighway bridge between Vanedventer and Shaw will be closed for two years beginning today so that a new bridge can be built. This will affect thousands, tens of thousands of cars which travel from 44 to 64, from The Hill to Barnes.
Don't care much for the TSA at airports? Well, this story will only reinforce those feelings.
TSA spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein, took to Twitter yesterday and posted this: "If you had $75,000 is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA @RIC spotted this traveler's preferred method."
Along with this statement was a picture the other TSA agent took of a passenger's opened bag containing money. There was nothing illegal or against regulations but these two thought it was quite funny to photograph the contents of someone's bag and then post it on Twitter.
The response to this Tweet was what you might/should expect. Anger and shock. I wondered how she knew exactly how much money was in the bag. But now we know that TSA agents have no qualms about making fun of what is in our bags and will share it with everyone on social media.
The other day, and again today, I will drive from Clayton to Webster Groves via Big Bend, Laclede Station Road, Watson then Watson to McCausland over to Clayton Road. Every single one of these surface roads is filled with construction cones and saw horses while utility or road work is being done. Stop light after stop light is never ending with lines of cars.
Then there is one of the worst situations locally. The intersection of Skinker at 64/Clayton Road. The work being done has barriers allowing only one lane of traffic to cross to and from 64/40. That means only a small fraction of the cars lined up get through each light. And, to make matters worse, whoever is in charge of this lane closure has not made it clear what drivers are in for until almost the stoplight. So cars find themselves in a lane which will go no where, trying to push into traffic to get moving. I cross this almost every day and have seen some near misses and scary honking.
The most troublesome part of this intersection is for those exiting from westbound 40/64. With only one lane open to go straight across to Clayton Road and no warning that there are barriers ahead, it makes for a sweaty time in any event. However what's painted on the far left lane as you come up the ramp makes for some near accidents real crashes.
There are two of these about twenty feet apart. But. It is just not true. There is no straight ahead, only a left turn only available. You would not believe the problems this causes in a very highly packed exit ramp. Someone, either the city or the county or MoDOT or whoever is responsible for this ramp and road work needs to get that symbol off of there.