Go play on the freeway (Dec. 14)

December 9, 2008

The classic insult has a whole new meaning this weekend, when the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 will be open to the non-motoring public for free from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 14).  Organizers anticipate thousands of walkers, bicyclists, dog-walkers and stroller-pushers, so their advice is to come via MetroLink, exit at the Eager Road station, and take the shuttle to the Brentwood Boulevard ramps.  Most of the neighboring streets will be closed to visitor parking during this de facto open house for the highway — the MetroLink lot at the Eager station is one of the few public parking facilities on the east end, and the Hilton St. Louis in Frontenac on the west end — so it’s a good idea to arrive early and plan your strategy and backup options … kind of sounds like their advice for the closure itself, doesn’t it?

This is a bittersweet opening for me, because the section of road that will really affect me, the in-town stretch to Kingshighway, will close on Monday (Dec. 15). But I understand the MoDoT folks’ pride in getting the project this far with no major problems, and I don’t begrudge them their ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. near the McCutcheon overpass.

From the sound of it, the paid-admission events in the westbound lanes are going to be popular too: Registration for the fun run has topped out at 1,100, and the bike ride/timed trial together have about 1,000 signed up according to an article in yesterday’s Post-Dispatch.  (Note that the price for riding bikes on the westbound lanes has risen to $35 per adult and $15 per kid. That’s too rich for my blood, but if you’re interested, you can sign up here.)

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2 Responses to “Go play on the freeway (Dec. 14)”

  1. Mutha Mae Says:

    Sounds like a plan to me!

  2. mom22kids Says:

    Hi Mae,

    Maybe we’ll see you on the freeway. I look forward to more details on your big project!

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