Interstates and roadways with low rates of congestion
One-day drive or less to major Midwestern and Southern cities
Three of the area’s four interstates reach U.S. coastlines
The St. Louis region boasts four interstates and a high-priority corridor that connects the area to locations in every direction, along with an interstate loop that provides easy travel around the city. This system of interstates also offers fluid connection to and from all of the bistate area’s warehouse and distribution parks and ports on both sides of the Mississippi River. The region’s major interstates reach cities and states across the country.
St. Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma City
Chicago, St, Louis, Memphis, New Orleans
Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia
Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Baltimore
corridor connecting St. Louis to Minneapolis/St. Paul, comprised of US-61, Iowa 218, and I-35
The St. Louis region’s freeway system experiences significantly lower congestion than other similarly sized U.S. urban areas according to the Texas Transportation Institute. In fact, in 2012, the St. Louis MSA had the lowest Travel Time Index of the 25 largest U.S. metro areas.
Improving Our Connections
The St. Louis region recently worked collaboratively to construct the new $670 million Stan Musial Veteran Memorial Bridge, extending Interstate 70 across the Mississippi River. This new bridge, which connects St. Louis with Southwestern Illinois, has expanded the area’s roadway capacity by 20 percent. The recently reconstructed Daniel Boone Bridge, extending Interstate 64 across the Missouri River, is another state-of-the-art roadway update serving the St. Louis region. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has recently worked to replace major portions of the Martin Luther King Bridge support steel and is in the process of constructing a new ramp connecting Eastbound MLK traffic to Westbound I-55/64. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) works to renovate the ramps of downtown St. Louis’ Poplar Street Bridge. These and other aesthetic updates to the bridges and roadways of the region have been pivotal to preserving the integrity of the St. Louis region’s freight network.