Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Engineers Aim to Untangle Traffic near Forest Park They Propose Rebuilding 3 Interchanges, Expanding Metrolink

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Engineers Aim to Untangle Traffic near Forest Park They Propose Rebuilding 3 Interchanges, Expanding Metrolink

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Consultants have suggested that three interchanges of Highway 40 along Forest Park be rebuilt to help reduce traffic congestion. They also listed options for extending MetroLink services in the area.

If the ideas were adopted, the construction would change traffic patterns just south of the park as well as improve the flow of traffic on the nearby expressway.

The improvements could involve very small parts of Forest Park, but the engineers said the park would gain more land than it would lose to pa vement. They said they would follow the goals of the Forest Park Master Plan to ease traffic congestion in the park. Engineers from Sverdrup Civil Inc. laid out the options last week as part of the Cross-County Corridor Transportation Study. The recommended improvements covered areas as far north as Interstates 170 and 270 in Hazelwood and as far south as Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road in Oakville. None of the options had price tags. Sverdrup engineers stressed that many options will be dropped and details are subject to change. They said they hope to suggest in early December the best transportation improvements in the study area and take recommendations to the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council several months later. The options are possible solutions to transportation problems noted by officials and the public. The engineers proposed closing Oakland and Clayton avenues at Skinker Boulevard to give the area a standard four-sided intersection. A new overpass over Highway 40 would carry Oakland to the end of the current Clayton Avenue exit ramp from the expressway. A bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists would replace the present Clayton Avenue one. A service road would carry motorists from Clayton Road to the Oakland overpass. The intersection of Oakland and Hampton would be separated, with Hampton crossing over Oakland. New ramps with an easier connection from the expressway would be built. Clayton Avenue would be closed at Berthold Avenue. Motorists on Oakland wanting to go to Hampton would turn onto a new street roughly along Oakview Place and Berthold Avenue to meet Hampton. At Kingshighway, a three-level interchange would replace the current one. …

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