Posts Tagged ‘canal bridge’

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.

Weather permitting, there will be lane restrictions at random locations on 270 between Riverview and Route 3:

Crews are expected to work on the lighting, which has been non existent in spots (especially just to the west of the canal bridge that been out for a least a year), or had an outage in recent weeks (the ones that got knocked out in a recent accident are working again but there are still a few non functioning poles).

As such, expect delays, an enforced speed limit of 45 MPH, and pay attention to the crews. It is doubtful that pothole patching will take place tomorrow but there are two new potholes on the river bridge in the westbound direction between MM 35.4 and MM 0.0, both in the right lane, and the one cannot be avoided.

The word goes when there is one big incident, there is another within a short time frame.  Whether you treat this one and/or the one that happened in West County yesterday as such, please keep in mind this is the time of the year that the big ones have a tendency to happen.

When it came to both incidents that happened today (the one on the canal bridge this morning and the river bridge during the ensuing evening peak), the admins missed both of them.  One was at work and the other two were asleep on the first one (late nights mean sleeping through the mornings), and all were at work for the second one.  The page cannot be monitored on a 24/7 basis so please make use of these facebook groups:

Meanwhile this morning several vehicles were involved in this morning peak hour incident on the canal bridge:

This one backed up traffic to 111 and someone bragged that it took over 90 minutes to get from the Riverbend to Chesterfield via 270 this morning. This incident only took 30-40 minutes to get cleared but happened in the busiest hour of the morning.

Meanwhile the evening peak did not get off to a good start:

It took 20 minutes to clear this minor incident on the river bridge at the beginning of the evening peak. This one also happened westbound.

Both incidents paled in comparison to the two big ones that happened on 270 yesterday – just that it happened in West County and caused 9 long hours of traffic nightmares for some of the people that use 270 out of the Riverbend and then head towards West County:

And this came following a morning peak incident up in North County that managed to back up traffic towards 367:

It is safe to say that 270 has been a beast during the morning peak the past few weeks. Any other words to describe it would likely require NSFW warnings.

The latest winter winter event brought at least 3 mainline incidents between Routes 367 and Route 3 and possibly a few more that we missed. Two of the incidents were at Lilac on the hill. The Friday evening peak was much lighter than normal and the majority of people took the warnings and stayed home.

The video posted during the event happened somewhere in West County near Highway 40.

This section of 270 has been known to be a speed trap target by the Illinois State Police in recent weeks. Last weekend they caught someone allegedly going 100 on 255 just north of 270:

When the admins post about the traffic enforcement going on 270, usually at least one ISP vehicle has been spotted along 270. Last week there were 3 vehicles pulled over westbound at one time. Please slow down and move over for them.

NOTE: some of the incidents that will be mentioned actually happened LAST WEEK but with two of the admins being out of the area for most of that week the focus was on Ride of the Century related stuff. 

First here is the video relating to the Ride of the Century that has pissed off the admins so much that it is worth posting it again:

Warning: video contains a lot of profanities.  Please watch with caution.  If you been wondering why Ride of the Century related stuff have to be posted every year, this video is a good reason why.  It is not about giving those crazies the attention: its about warning the truckers that are not familiar with this section of 270 about the stupidity that comes with this event.  One of the incidents that happened on 270 further into North County narrowly missed a tractor-trailer.

Ever since last week started, the evening peak has been anything but smooth sailing.  Last Monday one of the admins stumbled upon this incident on the way home from a work-related function:

It caused the eastbound lanes to back up to 367 and takes nearly 45 minutes to clear. It was just the beginning of a long night despite the fact one of the admins had a very early bedtime due to work:

While this incident did not impact the mainline, it caused ramp closures at Riverview and it was not until midnight before it cleared.

Two days later another eastbound peak hour incident took part near the canal bridge, and around the same time an westbound incident allegedly happened:

The traffic delays went back to 367 on the incident near the canal bridge, and it appeared that the live feed camera at Lilac was suggesting an alleged secondary incident that went unconfirmed.

If the new week was to be an improvement, it wasn’t:

The admins missed this one due to work related reasons but this one was westbound.

Today’s livechat on STLToday brought yet another question regarding the ramp from 270 to Riverview.  That ramp from Riverview to EB 270 is very dangerous and one of the admins knows that ramp very well.  Our pro tip is to come to a stop at the very top of the hill (but still on land, do not stop on the bridge) and wait for an opening and get on the mainline as quickly as possible.  Any countermeasure for this ramp is years away and probably will not occur before IDOT doing something about the river bridge.  However, developers have upped the ante in recent months, MoDOT resumed their North County study, and IDOT started their own study earlier this year.

Regarding the recent trend of crunch time starting as early as 06:30 up in North County, one of the admins have confirmed that.  The reason why it slows down at 367 is that the ramps between Old Halls Ferry and West Florissant is poorly designed and any incident at that time of the morning can back up traffic to the canal bridge.  270 up in North County is also hilly, so sight lines do have a role in the problems.  367 is also when all the Clark Bridge regulars get on 270.  There are Facebook groups out there that check traffic status on 367 and 270, so please make use of those groups.

As of 9/22, the admins are still camping social media for footage of alleged incidents that happened.

The footage posted on YouTube is not very long, but highlights a danger that the admins feared could happen for a long time.

You may want to go through the video from the 1:56 to the 2:05 mark over and over, it is that short.  The person operating that motorcycle was a very lucky person. We wished there was a better video of this incident out there.

This subsequent video showed an possible impact that it allegedly caused, and possibly hinted there was more than one incident:

This footage goes from 26:40 to the 33:00 mark. Around the 31:10 mark you will notice the riders coming to the stop, and it happens a second time around 32:45 before they get off the bridge. In between the two moments is a dangerous wheelie being performed by another rider.

UPDATE 9/26/2016 at 19:22 – This video has since been uploaded to YouTube and it confirms 2 incidents on the river bridge from the event.  The shocking part: both incidents happened within minutes of each other.  (The admins could not believe the footage even after seeing it.)

Below are images and videos of other footage found on social media.

This one had a near miss on Route 3 just before 270.

The next one happened just down the road in North County:

This also happened in North County but on 170:


Crews are scheduled to close the right lane on WB 270 between the bridges tomorrow night from 18:00 to 22:00 for a sign replacement project.  The lanes will also be closed during the same time frame on June 23.

IDOT announced lane closures for 270 at the canal bridge for June 13-14, weather permitting:

  • June 13, westbound right lane, 09:00 to 15:00
  • June 14, eastbound right lane, 08:00 to 15:00

It seems that they are bold enough to close lanes on the Clark Bridge for bridge inspections at the same time, as they also announced that as well:

  • June 13 and 14 – southbound – 09:00 to 15:00
  • June 15 and 16 – northbound – 08:00 to 15:00

There are also lane restrictions on Route 143 from Route 3 to Route 140 right now due to unrelated work.

There will be major delays and it will not be a good time to have an epic fail happen.

The weather is also heating up and there were at least three tire blowouts on the river bridge just last week alone.  The lights were out last week but that has since been fixed.  Please drive with extreme caution.


Weather permitting, there will be mainline lane closures on 270 starting tomorrow morning from Riverview to Route 3.  While no times have been disclosed on when the lane closures may happen, the odds will increase during off-peak hours.  Due to the speed limits being reduced in the work zone, do not be surprised to see an increased presence of patrols being made by the Illinois State Police, as an holiday weekend is approaching.  The admins already are in a bad mood following a peak hour incident on the Clark Bridge that happened on Friday:

That Facebook group that two of the admins monitor was loaded with choice words.

// announced that construction crews will do a daytime lane closure on EB 270 from the river bridge to Route 3 from 09:00 to 14:00 on 9/22 to do survey work.  This lane closure is on top of the current overnight restrictions that have caused delays of at least one hour during the late evening hours.  Please plan delays to go all the way back to Lilac and be prepared to use alternate routes.

Speaking of the overnight lane closures, it has been confirmed by various followers on the Twitter account and by at least one admin that the right lane around MM 0.6 to 1.2 in the westbound direction is very rough. (No picture of that rough spot yet.)  However, it did not lead to the incident last Wednesday on the bridge and another at Lilac that turned that morning peak into a living hell – on the one morning that a lane restriction was in place following that rush hour.


Since both happened around the same time, its hard to determine whether one was a secondary incident of the other. The incident on the bridge allegedly involved four vehicles.