Blanchette Bridge Opens to Traffic Between Missouri & Illinois
Posted on November 12th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Traffic has re-opened to the Blanchette Bridge, giving motorists a connection from St. Charles County to St. Louis County The Post-Dispatch report that the westbound lanes will be closed for renovations until Fall, 2013, with the eastbound lanes carrying three ten-foot lanes in each direction with no shoulder and a reduced speed limit. Even with traffic available, MoDOT is urging drivers to find an alternate route; if one driver suffers a flat tire or stalled vehicle at rush hour, it will no doubt snarl traffic and cause headaches for motorists. In an effort to reduce this potential traffic nightmare, MoDOT would like to keep traffic to a minimum.
The St. Louis area is no stranger to traffic work and traffic headaches. We in the area no doubt remember the construction work that was done on Highway 40 (I-64). In January, 2008, construction began between I-270 to I-170, finishing in December, 2008. From there, the interstate was closed between I-170 to Kingshighway, finally finishing in December, 2009. While this caused many drivers to find alternate routes and perhaps tacked some time onto commutes, many of the worst predictions failed to come true. If everyone takes their time, finds a different route, and keeps their patience, this bridge renovation will go just as smoothly.
If you cannot find an alternate route and have to take the Blanchette Bridge, please be careful through the work zone. Because the lanes will be so narrow, it is important that everyone obey the reduced speed limits and stay within their lanes. Drivers have nowhere else to go in their lanes, so things like talking on a cell phone, texting, fidgeting with the radio, or just not paying attention can cause serious accidents. If everyone puts their phones away and makes sure they have their vehicles under control, serious problems can be avoided despite this annoyance.
The Federal Highway Administration did a study that analyzed the impact these narrow lanes can have on traffic safety. The FHWA found that the greatest number of accidents occurred when converting four lanes to five, while converting five lanes to six (as this project is doing) found that there was not a statistically significant increase in accidents. For four lanes converted to five, there were twice as many traffic fatalities as converting five lanes to six. This should give Missourians some peace of mind to know that MoDOT is doing everything it can to keep drivers safe.
The Missouri and Illinois personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm understand how frustrating morning commutes can be, even without construction obstacles. Wasted time and wasted gas is never a good way to start the day. Even still, if everyone works together and keeps their cool, this year will pass without incident. Being late to work or to social engagements is far better than not making it at all or being seriously injured.
If, however, you find yourself injured while driving on this narrow roadway, or in any Missouri or Illinois roadway, contact the Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm today. They have the experience and knowledge to get you the compensation you deserve if injured by another. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, call Zane T. Cagle and The Cagle Law Firm’s Missouri and Illinois personal injury attorneys today. For a free consultation, call .