A beautiful Saturday ahead of us and this means the St. Louis Zoo will be packed. It's like everyone in the Metro area wakes up on these nice weekend days and thinks, "let's take the kids to the zoo." And that means the traffic trying to get into the zoo at Hampton will be stopped in the right lane which makes it really dangerous for traffic not going to the zoo and driving west they come around a bend after Kingshighway right into stopped cars.
Each year officials try and make people understand that Hampton is not the exit to take to the zoo. They desperately publicize the idea that Kingshighway is the better exit, but most people do not. And so the cars are stopped all along the long exit curve to Hampton and onto highway 40, some on the shoulder, some not. What makes this doubly dangerous is that the right lane after Hampton is exit only at Skinker and many drivers realize this too late. They get out of the zoo jam and then realize they have to get over to the left to avoid Skinker exit and they're getting over into traffic which was in the left and middle lanes to avoid the zoo jam.
This is my exit heading back to the seminary and I see this all the time. Even though I now know what to do, you just can't control the sudden impulses of other drivers.
So if you're coming west on 40 this morning, be aware.