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Tour of Missouri race may slow traffic

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Organizers of the first Tour of Missouri bike race next week hope fans will flock to St. Louis for the finish. But two other high-profile events the same day may mean sports fan gridlock.

On Sunday, September 16, more than 100 cyclists will complete the statewide race in downtown St. Louis. That will mean road closures and Highway 40 exit ramp closures for several hours.

Unfortunately, the closures come just before the start of a Cardinals-Cubs game at Busch Stadium and a Rams-49ers game at the Edward Jones Dome.

However, Mo-Dot traffic engineer Becky Allmeroth says she does not expect those 100-thousand fans to have problems with traffic, "No we really don't. Those ramps that we need to close are ones that are in direct conflict with the actual race route so if we kept those open there's really no place for the traffic to go because of the circuit race."

Mo-Dot says there will be more than 50 message boards telling motorists about the closures.

You can hear more about the Tour of Missouri on KWMU Friday morning at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m.

See a map with the Highway 40 ramp closures here.

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