A Homeless Guy Walking Down 270 Finally Got a Mail Delivery

You know that important bill you not going to get? No? Oh, well…it’s on 270 by Dorsett Road. We’re sure it will be fine though, we hear mortgage companies are usually pretty chill on stuff like that. U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor says the back door of a tractor trailer popped open on Interstate 270 near Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The truck continued onto Interstate 55 to Ste. [Read More]

New 270 and Dorsett Interchange One of Only Four in the Nation

A “Diverging Diamond” interchange has been installed and is now open at highway 270 and Dorsett Road and watch out red-blooded Americans, but for just a second it will have you driving on the “wrong” side of the road! The terrorists have won.

According to Wikipedia:

diverging diamond interchange is a rare form of diamond interchange in which the two directions of traffic on the non-freeway road cross to the opposite side on both sides of the bridge at the freeway. It is unusual in that it requires traffic on the freeway overpass (or underpass) to briefly drive on the opposite side of the road from what they are accustomed. The diverging diamond interchange was listed by Popular Science magazine as one of the best innovations in 2009 (engineering category) in “Best of What’s New 2009”.

This is really a brillant idea. It allows for easy flow to get on either direction of the highway with zero detriment to the traffic staying on Dorsett and all it will take the littlest bit of ablilty for St. Louis drivers to read and comprehend traffic signs and not be dumbass hoosiers about driving on the other side of the street for 100 feet. …This isn’t going to work is it?

The Missouri DMV is trying and expecting some initial issues:

“We know there will be a learning curve for motorists, so we please ask drivers to pay attention, and follow the signs, signals and striping to guide you through the new interchange. Once motorists get used to the diverging diamond, we think they will be pleased with the smooth traffic flow and safety in accessing I-270.”

There’s even a video on YouTube (see it after the jump) explaining how it all works and proving that not only is it not confusing, but actually will be a huge benefit to commuters. St. Louis YouTube commenters are crapping all over it though.

Could we possibly make these intersections more complicated? I don’t think so.

“…also how the hell are you supposed to work these DVD players? Hit input my son says? What input?! All I know is I want to watch the first season of Mama’s Family and I ain’t no dang scientist!” Here’s hoping he doesn’t believe in voting.

I already crashed

At least he’s honest.

This is going to make my drunken drive from Westport to Denny’s incredibly difficult!!

Ha ha. He’s not joking. This asshole is going to leave the Trainwreck Saloon and kill someone because he’ll be “dammed if Obama Bin Laden is going to make him drive on the “socialist” side of the road!”

The more you know: The first “DDI” was in Missouri as well actually, appearing in Springfield, MO on June 21st, 2009.

Even more stuff to know: You know that thing you do when you try to discreetly check to see if your zipper is up at work? Everyone notices and knows exactly what you are doing.

via KSDK

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270 Sucks and Everyone Knows It

270 ranked 45th in the nation’s worst commutes according to The Daily Beast. Totaling 89 hours of congestion, and 1.26 miles long at its worst, earned 270 the spot. On a comment attached to our snippet, they have a quote via the Post Dispatch from Maryland Heights Councilwoman Mary Nichols: Replacement of the current design with the diverging diamond interchange will not only improve the flow of traffic along the 270-70 corridor, but it will also be a national example of innovation in highway safety and design. [Read More]
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Your Guide to Each Side of 270

Your Guide to Each Side of 270
I went out to the parent’s house out in the depths of St. Charles County today for the big game. It was the first time I’ve traveled west of 270 for the first time in months and after reminding myself of the differences I thought I would make a little field guide for those that stick to their side of town. East of 270 you will see: Obama bumper stickers VW Beetles Black people Evidence of car theft Buses Martini bars West of 270 you will see: [Read More]