Phase Two of I-64 project forcing traffic onto city streets -

Phase Two of I-64 project forcing traffic onto city streets

St. Louis (KMOV) -- The closing of Highway 40 from I-170 to Kingshighway is forcing more traffic onto the major side streets and creating an even larger traffic jam during rush hour traffic.

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Traffic has especially increased on Forest Park Parkway at Skinker Blvd. in the west end of St. Louis.

The city is warning the worst may be still to come because so many drivers are still taking time off from work for the holidays and most will go back to work and school next week.

Even now, the city is reporting a 30% increase in traffic on major side streets, including Page Ave. and Manchester Ave.

Olive St., Delmar Blvd., Lindell Blvd. and Chippewa St. are also getting crowded.

Taking a route that's far to the north or south, such as I-70 or I-44, may be the fastest alternative.

Director of the City Streets Department Todd Waelterman said next Monday and Tuesday will be the big test and they're preparing for trouble.

"It's going to be like war for us out there on Monday and Tuesday," said Waeltermann. "We're going to be fully staffed with hundreds of people on the streets, we'll have the spotters out there at intersections. We'll have the command center going, with people working 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m."

Drivers can send specific traffic complaints straight to Waeltermann. The department is asking only for specific suggestions of what needs to be addressed and ideas on how to fix the problem. You can e-mail Todd Waelterman, Director of City Streets Department at:

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