St. Louis Public Radio News
7:32 am
Mon July 13, 2009

I-64 will close near stadium as Obama throws out first All-Star pitch

St. Louis – City officials said traffic moved well throughout St. Louis over the weekend despite a changing list of street closings.

But St. Louis Streets Director Todd Waelterman is urging patience Tuesday night, when President Obama's visit will close Interstate 64 between the Poplar Street Bridge and 14th Street starting at 5 p.m.

Waelterman said that could cause backups on Interstates 55 and 44. Once downtown, Waelterman said drivers should look out for pedestrians.

"We're going to have a huge influx of people that are flying in, and these people aren't going to have cars, they're going to be walking around downtown," Waelterman said. "They're going to be new people. Everybody's going to be gawking. They may not be paying attention as they're crossing the streets."

Waelterman is not predicting any major problems. He said the department has learned a lot about managing traffic from the overhaul of Interstate 64.

HALL OF FAMERS TO GREET PRESIDENT

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will catch when President Barack Obama throws the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star game. The eight-time All Star leads the majors with 32 home runs.

Major League Baseball also announced Sunday in a news release that the six living St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers - Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Bruce Sutter, and Ozzie Smith - will be on field for the pitch and to greet Obama.