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Old 04-24-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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I will be working in Des Peres, but I'm looking at several lofts and apartment buildings downtown, as my fiancee and I want city living as opposed to suburban living. What can I expect in terms of traffic flow and minutes for the commute from downtown to this area? And perhaps what is the best way to go?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:55 PM
 
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You will make a reverse commute so best case scenario is 20 mins and worst case is 45 mins.

64/270/Manchester Rd might be your route.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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It's mostly reverse commuting but enough people commute from the city and Illinois out that way that you still have definite rush hour traffic westbound on I-64. It really depends on how far out you are to give you an estimate. I'd say if we're taking inner west county (inside of 270) then 15-30 minutes is the norm and outside of 270 more like 30-45.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I live in Valley Park (very close to Des Peres) and work in the city. I take 270S/44E. It is about a 20 mile commute, and takes 25-30 minutes. Personally, I would stay away from 40 if at all possible. Any time I've gone on it, my driving time has been almost doubled. Plus, the 270/40 interchange gets really backed up.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I think most days you'll be looking at 25-35 minutes so it shouldn't be too bad. I think that's one of those commutes where you'll want to listen to the traffic reports and adjust accordingly. If 270 S is bad, you could take Lindbergh south to Manchester instead. If 40 is a mess, you could always take 44 and come up, etc.

Alternatively -- have you looked at the Central West End? It's every bit as urban a neighborhood as downtown and you'd shave 5-10 minutes off your commute.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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I make a very similar reverse commute. The highways are wide open. ~20 minutes stress free/ 22 minutes if you drive the speed limit.

40/64 west to 270 south to Manchester rd
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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I think I can give you some advice on this. I live in Kirkwood, but a rock's throw from Des Peres as I live near Manchester/Lindbergh. Every Tuesday and Thursday I drive my son to his school in south city, then back out to Creve Coeur.

On tues/thurs, going from Kirkwood to south city, then back out to Creve Coeur (west county), I leave at 6:40am and get to work at 7:30. When I got off at 4 and drive to south city, then back out to Kirkwood, it takes me about an hour. You could definitely live downtown and work in west county. The drive from Illinois (12-15 miles east of downtown) to west county is about 45 mins to an hour.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:08 AM
 
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I commute from the Tower Grove area (near 44 and Grand) to 40/270 (Town and Country/Des Peres area) almost daily. I work a shift where I'm usually not dealing with rush hour traffic (driving in at about 1:30 pm), and it generally takes a little less than 20 minutes, closer to 15. If I drive during the 5:00 hour, it's closer to 20-25. Definitely going the opposite way of most people! 40/64 to 270 is probably your best bet. Chouteau (which turns into Manchester) or Forest Park Parkway are also options you could check out.
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