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Traffic Ahead: Bridge Closed; Flying Cigarette Lands In Top-Down Convertible

Here's a look at road closures PLUS worst driver of the week.

Martin Luther King Bridge Closed This Weekend
Weather permitting, the bridge to Illinois will be closed for repair work from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday. All lanes of eastbound Highway 40 between Jefferson Avenue and the Poplar Street Bridge will also be closed, beginning 8:30 p.m. Friday. The Sixth Street and Pine Street ramps will stay open for at least one hour after the Cardinals game ends so Illinois traffic can use eastbound Highway 40 to return home.
MoDOT will also close the two left lanes of Poplar Street Bridge in both directions.

Ladue Road at 141 Closed Until Mid-November
Ladue Road east of the new construction for Route 141 closed Thursday morning. This section of Ladue will remain closed until mid-November as crews work on connecting the new Route 141 to Ladue Road. Drivers can use Mason and Conway road to detour around the closure.

Lanes of I-270 closed in North County
In North County, several lanes of eastbound Interstate 270 between Lindbergh Boulevard and Interstate 170 will close this weekend for bridge repairs. Up to two lanes will close starting late Friday night. During the day Saturday and Sunday, only one lane in both directions will be closed.

In Case You Forgot
In St. Louis city, the Jamieson bridge over Interstate 44 is closed.
The eastbound 11th  Street exit ramp on Highway 40 is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The right lane at Chestnut on highway 40 is still closed until mid-October.
Express lanes on Interstate 70 in St. Louis city are closed until mid-December.
The ramp from eastbound I-70 to 10th Street in St. Louis city is closed permanently as of this week.
Grand Boulevard is closed from Highway 40 to Chouteau by St. Louis city until mid 2012.
There is a narrowed exit lane on Route 370 from northbound Earth City Expressway to westbound Route 370.
Route D in St. Charles County will be closed from Route 94 to Route DD until Wednesday.

Traffic Troublemaker of the Week Poll
We have two stories of jerk drivers encountered recently by Patch editors around St. Louis. Which is your favorite?

"I was driving behind a car with my top down and the guy in front of me was smoking. He flicked his cigarette back and it LANDED IN MY CAR."—Sarah Flagg, editor of Mehlville-Oakville Patch

"I'd like to nominate the guy who was feeding an ice cream cone to his lapdog (which was in his lap) as he was driving down Highway 141 in Fenton."—Dan Barger, editor of Fenton-High Ridge Patch

Send your nominations for next week's traffic troublemaker to andrew.hudson@patch.com

Randy Allen October 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Why don't we also feature the most courteous drivers too! How about we catch people doing something nice, or friendly on the road. Someone pulls over to see if you are ok, or they stop to change a tire for you - maybe they pick you up and take you to get gas for your car. Let's see how many folks can find good, courteous drivers too!
Kurt Greenbaum October 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Hey, that's a good idea. If you want to nominate someone, we're listening. I'll keep my eyes peeled too.

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