ST. LOUIS – Wednesday, MoDOT opened the new lane on northbound Interstate 270 from I-44 to Manchester Road. MoDOT expanded this three-and-a-half mile section of interstate from four to five lanes as part of a major widening project to improve traffic congestion.
With this new lane, 20 percent more vehicles to travel through the section of I-270 during morning rush periods. MoDOT said the added lane will help increase motorists’ current average speed from 30 miles per hour to approximately 60 miles per hour during morning rush-hour.
The project is part of a two-year plan that will expand both the northbound and southbound lanes of 2-270. Construction for the added southbound lane from Dougherty Ferry to I-44 will begin in spring 2013.