Just like every September, we have to warn everyone of an infamous tradition that tends to go down this section of 270. I much rather not to make a post about it, but as long as the tradition continues, this topic is still necessary to bring up on a annual basis. This ride has been going on for almost 20 years now and it is expected to bring at least 1500 to 2000 motorcyclists. Some of them will be making poor decisions during the ride.

What is shown below are some of the antics they pulled last year. I personally drove through 3 accident scenes on 270 last year during the event. If you must use westbound 270 from Route 3 into North County on Saturday afternoon, I suggest you do it at your own risk and expect delays.


That is just what happened on the canal bridge.

Nothing from last year that popped up on social media went viral, but it only takes one epic fail caught on video or one sinister stunt for that to occur.

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Questionable weather may had played a role in this morning peak incident that happened eastbound on the hill just west of the Lilac exit. The risk factor was already set at Medium for the questionable weather, and passing showers made its way through at the wrong time of the day.

This incident blocked the mainline for a while but it was in the eastbound direction:

This topped off a somewhat iffy morning peak with an westbound incident west of 367 that backed up traffic into Illinois

All incidents have cleared and the weather has improved.

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From 16:30 to 18:30 tonight, IDOT has scheduled an open house format public meeting regarding the section of 270 between Riverview to 157.  In fairness, this means anywhere on this section of 270 is considered fair game and feel free to give them some serious heat about how the reputation around here is so infamous.

If you are unable to attend (possibly due to Taylor Swift concert that just happens to be tonight), you will have two weeks to send in the written comments (information will be posted as it becomes available but not before I get off of work early Wednesday morning).

UPDATE 9/19/19 at 13:29

One of the followers sent some private messages that indicated a planned conversion of the 270/111 interchange from a cloverleaf to a diverging diamond but not a lot of other information including the 270 mainline itself.  Right now too many questions that need to be answered.  Obviously the interchange at 111 has much more truck traffic than the DDI at Dorsett.

Late in the 06:00 hour, multiple vehicles were involved in an incident that either happened on or just west of the river bridge right by the Riverview exit

It obviously had to come at a bad time as this was also happening:

It takes almost two hours for the scene to clear and for a brief time westbound was being diverted down the Riverview ramp:

When it came to the morning peak, the damage was done even though the weather did not appear to be a factor:

Delays were pushing at least 90 minutes until the incident was finally cleared late into the 08:00 hour

This incident did not get as much attention as the one last week as the media was focused on the other incident this morning, but did get some media attention:

Shortly after the morning peak ended, approximately at 9:15 this morning, an individual allegedly threatened to jump from the river bridge. The police had no choice but to force all traffic to go through Alton as they negotiated with that person to change their mind.

One of the admins were in the area but at the nearby Moto Mart when it happened and took several photos that were later posted in the comments on this post (intentionally done that way so the Facebook post would transfer to Twitter). One of the admins from this page below was in the canal bridge area

 

The police were able to talk the person out of it and the highway reopened shortly after 11:10.

UPDATE: 8/14/18 at 02:15 – removed duplicate embeds and added others that were originally missed because of the 3 PM deadline to get stuff posted.

UPDATE 8/22/18 at 02:55 – added another live feed video

El jueves por la tarde, se esperan posibles retrasos hacia el este.

Either late this morning or early this afternoon, there is potential of encountering a rolling full mainline closure and delays for the presidential motorcade.  Due to Secret Service policy, presidential motorcade routes are never disclosed, the President Trump visit to Granite City means a 50-50 chance they make across this section of 270.  Whenever a presidential motorcade goes through, the entire mainline is blocked on a rolling basis, and there will be additional restrictions once you get into Granite City either via Routes 3 or 203.  For eastbound traffic it is likely going to be early afternoon, and for westbound traffic it could be at the early stages of the evening peak.

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This Google Maps should give you an idea where the largest impacts will likely occur and it is centered on Niedringhaus Avenue.

A secondary radius that is Route 111 to the east, Route 3 to the west, Pontoon Road to the north, and McKinley Bridge to the south has been drawn – this is likely the higher probability of law enforcement and security will happen – but heavier police influence will occur on all possible motorcade routes.

When Trump returns to Lambert Airport, there will be impacts westbound. While westbound is not the peak direction during the evening peak, delays are still likely.

Both admins were asleep last night (with me on vacation last week I had gone to bed much earlier than normal but its back to work this evening) when this happened along with the majority of the followers, but for a time westbound was blocked between Riverview and Lilac for a serious MVA that sadly proved fatal for one person.  The incident happened shortly before midnight in the 23:00 hour (approximately 11:15 PM).  While the details of the incident remain undisclosed at this time, the lanes would not reopen for at least two hours.

Because one of the admins was at work and the other was asleep until noon (the wonderful joys of working the late shift), we were not able to post when it happened live and had to post on a delay. Followers that witnessed it went to the Facebook group instead and I was able to get the details after the fact.

The recent surge of heat that came through has caused an increased chance of tire blowouts and apparently one of the vehicles involved had a blowout and caused an incident that involved one other vehicle. It appeared to be an unlucky incident that happened at the worst possible time of the day.

This incident takes over two hours to clear and westbound was blocked for some time. At least one hour of traffic delays happened as Mitchell FD tried to get to the scene.

Weather permitting (so far favorable weather but very hot) there will be mainline lane restrictions during off peak hours both today and tomorrow as crews will be conducting bridge inspections at the canal bridge.

Since nobody wants to go through a week like that one when the canal bridge inspections were eastbound about 5 years ago, please respect the reduced speed limits and pay attention out there.

Shortly after 23:10 last night there was an incident eastbound at or near the 1.2 MM (between the bridges).  The heavy police influence caused by the incident resulted in both eastbound lanes being closed at least 90 minutes, and by the time I was able to check the social media accounts it had cleared.  (I didn’t check it until 2 in the morning, but thank you to the people that posted information to the Facebook page.)

I turned on the news at 4 in the morning to see if there was more information from the supposed excitement and allegedly the incident was an result of an earlier incident that happened at the other side of the 270/255 loop.

There is still no information being disclosed by the law enforcement at this time, and if more details come out it will be posted in due course.

UPDATE 4/28/18 at 01:15 – the incident on EB 270 was the conclusion of a supposed crime spree that began first thing Thursday morning and 5 male suspects are in custody per KMOV.  No names have been released as none of them have been booked as of Friday evening.

In addition, one of the followers that was caught in the traffic jam confirmed the orange Dodge truck was recovered and towed back towards Missouri by law enforcement officials.

That incident was the second time eastbound has been closed this week, as there was one on Sunday that was unrelated but only caused a closure of less than an hour:

If we counted the one that happened late on April Fools day it would be the third one of the month.