Leaving St. Louis, Interstate 70 cuts east to west and its right of way alignment skims the edges of each small burg it encounters, including Warrenton and Wright City. For the most part I-70 parallels old State Route 40 which now serves as a continuous two-lane “service road,” as transportation planners like to call them. Because the interstate divides one area of town from the other, a second access road was constructed on the other side of I-70, also in parallel fashion.
But the net effect of this interstate construction was to create towns with a distinct “H” pattern of main thoroughfares and traffic flow as development built up along each leg of the H. The interstate’s interchange and overpass forms the connecting bar of the H.
|An H on its side with the service roads forming the legs.|
|When was the last time you saw a Sinclair station?|
|Sign bones, Warrenton|
|Availability on the service road, Wright City|
|Wright City shops|