Traffic restrictions affect St. Charles, St. Louis

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 4:51 PM

Please see the attached image for a full-size map of traffic routes.

(KMOV.com) -- With the large number of fireworks displays being canceled, two of the largest celebrations are expecting even bigger crowds.

The St. Charles Police Department is announcing a traffic plan to deal with festival goers following the Fourth of July Riverfest Festival fireworks display.

There will be two main traffic routes, one for those parked north of Jefferson street, marked in red on the map, including the City Garage, and one for those parked south of Jefferson Street, which includes the large public parking lots south of Frontier Park.

Traffic north of Jefferson will be routed to Clark St. where there will be access N. Second St., N. Fifth St. or Kingshighway. On N. Second and N. Fifth St., motorists will be routed north to the 94/370 interchange where they may access 370 to go east to St. Louis County or west to other areas of St. Charles County.

There will be no southbound traffic allowed on Second St. or Fifth St north of Jefferson St.

Motorists who take Clark St. to Kingshighway may go either north towards the 94/370 interchange or south toward First Capitol to access I-70.

Traffic from areas south of Jefferson Street will be routed to First Capitol Dr., Booneslick Rd., or Ameristar Blvd. to reach the First Capitol/I-70 interchange or the Fifth St./I-70 interchange.

The St. Charles Police Department is asking the public for patience and understanding when leaving the festivities.

Extra traffic is also a big concern for Fair St. Louis.

Memorial Drive closed Tuesday, and will stay closed throughout the weekend.

MoDOT says some good ways into the city include eastbound I-70 at Broadway westbound I-64 at 9th Street, and I-55 at 7th Street.

Another option is public transportation. Metro is adding more trains, and if needed, more busses to handle the influx of people.

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