The influx of traffic coming from a soon to be built I-64 interchange at Tower Grove will present an additional danger to pedestrians and bicyclists attempting to cross the highway. That’s what many citizens expressed at a recent public meeting to plan for a new MetroLink station at Boyle (presenters too).

North of the highway, CORTEX has big plans. Over the next 20 years, the district will add over 4 million square feet of building space and more than 11,000 jobs. The growing CORTEX district will mean many many more people will want to cross I-64.

The additional traffic the new interchange will dump onto the area’s streets means MoDOT should do whatever is necessary to mitigate dangers and make enhancements to encourage use by pedestrians and bicyclists. Of particular concern was Tower Grove where it intersects with the off-ramp at a roundabout especially since Tower Grove is a designated Bike St. Louis route.

With all that in mind, I would like to propose the following idea: should the eastbound I-64 off-ramp to Tower Grove be relocated east of Boyle? I’ve sketched out my idea below.

My proposed new ramp to Boyle/Papin from eastbound I-64 highlighted in orange.
MoDOT’s current plans for the Boyle/Tower Grove interchange. // MoDOT.