Blues, Cardinals games create potential traffic headaches Wednes -

Blues, Cardinals games create potential traffic headaches Wednesday

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Downtown St. Louis will be dressed in blue and red Wednesday night.

The Scottrade Center will host the Blues’ first playoff game of the year and Busch Stadium will hold Cardinal faithful for the team’s first night game of the season.

With two teams competing downtown, traffic is sure to cause some drivers headaches.

Lane restrictions because of construction on I-44 have led to a lot of frustration and slow-downs. The entrance from Jefferson onto I-44 eastbound is closed.

For years Chouteau was called the best kept secret for getting in and out of downtown to avoid ball game traffic. The Compton viaduct at Chouteau is closed for two weeks for deck repair.

“If you're coming downtown give yourself plenty of time,” Deanna Venker, St. Louis City Commissioner of Traffic, said. “Know your options before you're coming into. Most people traveling into downtown see traffic backing up going to peel off a little early so know what your options are.”

Patti Beck, a Metro spokesperson, says there will be extra security on trains for Wednesday and Friday nights. The number of riders will be closely monitored at the downtown locations. 

“We're prepared for big events like tonight and Friday night so we watch platforms to see if there is overcrowded and if we need to put extra trains into service,” Beck said.

Metro is encouraging riders to leave their cars at any of its 21 free park and ride lots in Missouri and Illinois and take the train downtown.

It's also pushing its "Metro on the go app" for riders to download.

“You put in your origination and destination,” Beck said. “It will tell you train times and best way to get there.”

The Blues and Cardinals will also have games on Friday night.

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