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Driving your life away? Get advice and help from the Road Crew, experts from MoDOT, St. Louis and St. Louis County to make your commute around St. Louis easier. Join them on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. for the weekly chat.

  • Any chance of getting some police to sit at Grand and 44? It seems like every day during rush hour multiple people ignore the very clear NO LEFT TURN signs and it just clogs up grand so far in each direction.
  • We can pass it to them, however, law enforcement doesn't work directly for the department. We can understand the frustration with people who would rather block the intersection than take the detour. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • There is a No Right Turn sign on the ground leaning against a traffic signal post. It's at northbound McCausland near the on ramp to eastbound 40.
  • Not sure whose this may be, but we'll take a look to get it and see if it is ours. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • To which stretch of Clayton Road are you referring? David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Large potholes and standing water are present on EB Clayton Road in the left hand lane. Could a crew be dispatched to repair? Thank you.
  • Yes, we have inspectors who are responsible for ensuring that utility companies restore any pavement damaged by water main and sewer line breaks and the repairs of those breaks. Often, however, the patches you see aren't permanent, but, rather, temporary, as the utility company in question hasn't completed its work beneath the road. Having said that, some of our roads certainly do have a significant number of patches on them, and Big Bend between Clayton Road and Manchester is one of them. Aging infrastructure - both below pavement and the pavement itself - is as problematic as it is expensive to remove and replace. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • STL County - Does your streets division have a quality assurance manager that follows up after utilities patch up repairs? I recently blew out a tire due to a collapsed asphalt patch in South County after Missouri American repaired a water main break. The quality of these patches seems to have gone down and roads in older areas like Big Bend in Richmond Heights are of 3rd world quality now.
  • Thanks. I'll forward your report to our Division of Operations. This area is very well known to us. A St. Louis City water main periodically leaks beneath the road in this area, and has wreaked havoc with the pavement. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Dwrone - Potholes are on EB Clayton about 20 feet east of Big Bend in left lane.
  • Once the water company has completed its repairs beneath the road, it will be required to restore the pavement to as close to "as new" condition as possible. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • About a month or so ago there was a couple of water main breaks around the 9500 block of Reavis Barracks Rd/Mackenzie. There is a huge temporary patch there. Will there be a permanent fix soon? That road was recently repaved and still in great shape.
  • I'll forward this to our Operations group, but I'm not sure if responsibility for this issue rests with us or the railroad. If it's the railroad, we'll make sure they're aware of the problem. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Could STL County get a brush cutting crew to clear overgrowth from the west side of the Central Midland Railroad crossing at Baxter Road in Chesterfield? We watched an eastbound train approach this location the other day and while the crossing has signals, visibility here is poor. If I recall correctly, Missouri law requires 250 feet to be clear on both sides of a railroad crossing.
  • Hello. Thanks for hosting these chats. I read the transcript last week and saw Andrew's update that the cloverleaf ramp from WB I-64 to SB 141 is not slated to be resurfaced as part of the 141 or 64 projects. There are numerous potholes and previous patch jobs on the ramp, which are treacherous to avoid during a tight turn. It's the original pavement from the first 141 re-alignment over 25 years ago. The 141 to WB 64 and EB 64 to 141 ramps are both being resurfaced as part of the projects. I don't follow the logic of not touching this one up too while the equipment and materials are already in the vicinity. The incidental cost of a skimcoat of asphalt and one evening's pavement laying work can't be that much compared to the rest of the project. Could you please re-consider?
  • We are watching that area to see what we may be able to do; however, it cannot be as a part of the current I-64 widening contract. When we award a job, we have to be very specific as far as what the job entails as a part of that contract -- the scope of the project. Construction contracts, generally, are awarded based on the lowest bid -- based on the ability of the contractor to do the job. Work done outside of that scope has to be negotiated and may add significant costs to the project. Most likely it is not as simple a fix as some asphalt on the roadway. I have asked our maintenance team to look at this and see what they can do; it may not be until after the contract for the widening is finished. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Our contractor (Pavement Solutions) has until October 31 to complete this project. When work is finished, Baxter, from Clarkson to August Hill will have new asphalt pavement. From August Hill to Wildhorse Creek Road, the pavement will remain concrete. We lacked the funds to fully overlay this section of Baxter with asphalt. (Doing so would have cost an additional $280,000, which we simply didn't have.) David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Now that school is starting, when can we expect the work on Baxter between Clarkson and Wild Horse to be completed? Also, will the final surface be the repaired concrete or will it receive and overlay? Even the repaired concrete surface is pretty rough.
  • City of St. Louis: the traffic light cycle times at Broadway and Cass need attention. Eastbound Cass drivers are getting frustrated by the timing pattern, which takes forever and there is no heavy traffic at this location warranting such a setup. Noticeable especially after 3:30 pm.
  • The signal at Broadway & Cass has some vehicle detection present to actuate the signal only during vehicular activity. From your description it would appear the equipment may not be operating correctly - resulting in traffic signal phases being called upon with no vehicles present. We will field verify the situation.
  • Thank you for hosting these chats. This request is for the City. I sometimes park at the Metrolink station below Grand Avenue. I cannot remember the name of the street next to the parking lot, but there are several potholes several inches deep along that stretch. Can they be fixed ASAP? They are certainly deep enough to do so major damage to vehicles. Thanks!
  • I will notify our street crew of this condition at that location near the Metrolink station. Thanks!
  • Good afternoon, Can something be done about the light at Truman Parkway and Papin? It seems to cycle during the morning rush hour whether or not someone is turning into the Ameren parking lot or not. This results in traffic backing up on northbound Truman past Chouteau. This is problematic in the afternoon rush as well in the opposite direction, but not as bad.
  • We will field verify this situation as there are video cameras installed there for detecting the presence of vehicles and having the traffic signal service them only on demand.
  • The signals poles you reference are indeed aesthetically challenged. In a perfect world, we would paint them today. But time and personnel limitations prevent that much-needed make-over. Our signals group has this on its 'To Do" list, but it's not a high priority issue. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • STL County - Many of the traffic signal poles on Big Bend between Manchester and Clayton Rd are rusting eyesores. Ladue paints theirs black.. Should be quite easy to maintain this equipment, as they probably haven't seen a paintbrush in 30 years.
  • Last evening around 10 PM just like most nights, myself and several other motorists had to sit at a red on northbound Hampton in the left turn lane for I-64 westbound waiting for ghost pedestrian traffic. Why on earth would a new intersection like this not have a push button that holds vehicle traffic ONLY when pedestrians are actually present? This continuous cycle is a waste of time and a traffic headache at all hours of the day and night here. I can count on one hand the number of people I have acually seen walking here over the years. Thank you.
  • The signal is currently set to be responsive to traffic leaving the MUNY late at night. When the season ends on August 15, the signal will go back to normal operations. We have checked the signal and it appears to be operating correctly. There are several signals along Hampton that are very close together. The only way to efficiently moved traffic through several tightly spaced signals is to ensure that the signal remains green for the main roadway during each signal cycle. That “guaranteed green time” offers enough time that the pedestrian crossings parallel to the main road can cycle operate without increasing the amount of green time needed. Pushbuttons are present in case there are times when coordinated operation is not programmed, but their operation has nothing to do with the situation at the time you note. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Eastbound Forest Park Parkway, the left-turn arrows at both Sarah and Vandeventer only turn green occasionally. You have the option of either sitting through multiple cycles, waiting for the green arrow, or turning left with a red arrow (when the main light is green). There are no signs that say "Left only on left arrow", so I'm not sure what's proper here.
  • When you have a signal head with red arrow, yellow arrow, green arrow you are to only make left turns when the green arrow is active - NOT when it is red. Signs (such as "Left on Green Arrow Only") are not mandatory for this signal configuration, however they can be provided for additional information to motorists. We will take a look at this location.
  • For gpeg -- about Nebraska. The Grand bridge replacement is primarily because, although the bridge was safe, our bridge experts were very concerned about Grand remaining completely operational after this winter. Winter can be very hard on our bridges, and we have been babying the Grand bridge along for some time, keeping it operational. Raising Grand to interstate standards was a benefit to the project. We have limited funding, and at this time, we have no plans to work on the Nebraska Bridge (nor any of the other similar overpasses like Nebraska) on I-44. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I know that the Forest Park Parkway lights have been brought up a lot in this chat. I know that it's "being worked on". What's the time frame on something like this? I know it's not an overnight fix but are we looking at a month, six months, a year? Just curious. Also, Hampton has been brought up about federal funding in the area north of 44 to 40. What type of time frame are we looking at on that project? And lastly, this is for the state. I know you're redoing the Grand Bridge to bring it up to interstate standards. I'm guessing part of that is raising the bridge height. I noticed that the Nebraska bridge shows a 14' something inch height and Grand already has a 15' something inch height. Will the Nebraska Street bridge need to be replaced and raised so that a truck can clear both of them?
  • This has been brought up before and our engineers are working on it, however it is a substantial effort to re-time a corridor. Six month time period would be the maximum that this would take given this effort and the previous workload assigned to staff. The project mentioned for Hampton Ave is being considered for a federal grant that typically accepts applications in Feb/Mar of each year. Next one being in 2017. If selected, the project would be designed in 2017-mid 2018 and constructed in late 2018 to mid 2019.
  • There has been a very short green light for Gravois in both directions at Grant Road all summer causing backups in both directions. Particularly at rush hour and weekends. How can I get someone to take a look at this?
  • I've asked our team to take a look at the area to see if any additional adjustments can be made. We have made some adjustments on weekends and later at night to help move traffic out of Grant's Farm and the athletic complex. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • To Steve and Andrew, Thank you! I appreciate the information. I wasn't complaining ( well maybe about Hampton I was) but just curious on how long this type of stuff takes.

    On another note, there is free standing water on Hampton at Scanlan. It's been there for about a month. I'm more concerned with mosquitoes and the Zika virus. It doesn't look like the sewer is backing up -just a pool of water at the northeast corner.
  • We will have someone field check this condition.
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