Driving in St Louis

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Here's a tongue in cheek look at driving in St Louis.  When you're ready to start looking at homes, give me a call, I know my way around and will be there to help you find the right home in the right area!


The morning rush hour is from 6:00 to 10:00 am.  The evening rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.  Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning.

Gravois Road can only be pronounced by a native. Ditto for Spoede and Chouteau.

Construction on Highways 40, 64, 70, 255, 270, 44, 55 and I-170 is a way of life, and a permanent form of entertainment.

The Page Avenue extension and Airport expansion projects took over 20 years to get approved and St Louisan's lost track of how many political figures claimed them as their own ideas.

A St. Louisan from South County has never been to North County and visa versa. West County has everything delivered.

St Louisan's were aghast when the federal government required them to redo the highway signs to indicate that the federal highway went to cities in other states instead of local municipalities.

There are 2 exits on Highway 40 for Clayton Road and 2 for Big Bend.

Laclede Station Road mysteriously changes names as you cross intersections. As do McCausland, Lindbergh, Watson, Reavis Barracks,  Fee Fee, McKnight, Airport Road, Midland, Olive and Clarkson.

You can go all four directions on Highway 270: North and South in West County, East and West in South County, and East and West in North County.

Confused? So are the St. Louis drivers.

There are 54 school districts on the Missouri side alone - each of which has their own school bus system and scheduled times to block traffic.

There are 75 "official neighborhoods" in the City of St Louis.  St. Louisans commonly give directions (especially for restaurants) to strangers based on these neighborhoods which aren't marked on any maps that are handed out by the tourist board, the AAA or Mapquest.

There are 91 official municipalities in St Louis County.  Each municipality has it's own rules, regulations, and often their own police departments.  More importantly, most have their own snow removal contracts so it's not uncommon to drive down a road in winter and have one block plowed, the next salted, the next piled with snow and the last partially cleared by residents wanting to get out of their driveways.

No native St. Louisan knows that Lindbergh runs from South County to North County. And, if you tell them, they will not believe you.

Lindbergh belongs to every neighborhood except Kirkwood, who had the nerve to creatively change the name to "Kirkwood Road".

Highway 270 is our daily version of the NASCAR circuit.

Lambert Field and St Louis International Airport really are the same place.  The East Terminal however is a different place.

Never ever try to cross a bridge in St Louis during rush hour unless you have a port-a-potty in the car.

The outer belt is Highway 270 which turns into Highway 255 in South County.  The inner belt is Highway 170 and if it's a 3XX number it's an outer outer belt.  

Highway 40 is the same as Interstate 64 through the middle of St Louis.

If you need directions to O'Fallon, make sure to specify Illinois or Missouri.

The City of Ballwin actually proposed that drivers use connecting strip mall parking lots to get from place to place rather than drive on Manchester Road to cut the traffic on Manchester.

Remember, if you need help finding your way around when you first get to St Louis and start house hunting, give me a call.  I'll demystify our road system for you!  314-660-4803 or dweir@cbgundaker.com!


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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
HI Dale: I also live in St Louis-this made me laugh. Thanks
Jul 28, 2007 03:31 PM #1
Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Frontenac, MO

Dale, Great job. Your are off to a running start girl!

Jan 25, 2009 06:15 AM #2
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Dale:  I am totally tired out just reading about the traffic in St Louis.  What a mess.  It sounds even crazier than Columbia, Maryland was when I lived there some years ago.  By the way... welcome to Active Rain.  I think you will really like it here... lots of great people, and lots to learn and share.  Take care...

Jan 25, 2009 09:36 AM #3
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

My Howdy

there Dale

A big Welcome to the Community

from a miss placed Missourian, by the name of Dale also. You'll sure fine the Active Rain community a lot of fun to come to. To do a bit of blogging, learning, and networking with folk's from all over the Country. Before you know it all the other member of the community will know your name.

God Bless America

Jan 25, 2009 11:52 AM #4
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Hi Dale, a friend of our said to stop by and say hello...very detailed post and I have to say I have taken the Indy Circuit through town and buzzed down 44 to Oklahoma a few times.  It is a bit hair raising as times!  Welcome to AR and...post some more!

Jan 26, 2009 10:01 AM #5
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Dale,
I arrived here from Cait' blog ---now I see why she recommended you.  I've never been to St. Louis and not sure I want to!  LOL!

Jan 26, 2009 11:07 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Welcome to AR, Dale!  I also came here from Cait's blog.  She was right, you did a great first post.  I'm sure you will find much success here.

Feb 15, 2009 02:50 AM #7
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