I had one follow-up from last week. MM asked about some work along Route 67 between the Lewis and Clark bridges. I received some additional information that our construction team is working on some improvements along that route to make it easier to switch northbound Route 67 to two-way traffic when southbound Route 67 becomes unsafe due to flooding. The surface treatment should be done overnight later this summer and should not require switching traffic. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Crews are renovating the bridge there between the PSB and the I-44/I-55 split. That work on southbound I-55/westbound I-44 is scheduled to be complete in July; in a few weeks, we'll start on the northbound/eastbound portion of the bridge which will run April - December. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We are addressing removal of the temporary signage at 8th & Locust. We'll also look at the intersection of 9th & Olive regarding the conditions you described.
I have asked our traffic team to check it out and see what we may be able to do in that area. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I'll forward your request to our Traffic Studies group for analysis. Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. David Wrone, St. Louis County
This is in reply to "G"'s follow-up query on Valcour and Heege: I have nothing to share at the moment, G. But as soon as I do, I'll post the information here. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I asked our traffic team to take a look at this and make sure that all the necessary guard rail is in place. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
'G' -“Yield” signs are optional in cases like the north-bound right turn from Valcour Avenue to east-bound Heege Road. The lane you mention was a concrete patch poured by Missouri American Water as part of a water main replacement project. We have a resurfacing project scheduled to mill and overlay Heege Road starting this May. After Heege Road is resurfaced, we'll consider an alternate way to stripe the section of Heege Road between Valcour Avenue and Chivvis Drive. David Wrone, St. Louis County
Please see the following information for the most-recent update on Gravois Road. This came from St. Louis County's Department of Planning, which is spear-heading the analysis of Gravois Road for possible alterations. "I [Planning Department Director Justin Carney] wanted to bring to your attention a public meeting we are holding on Wednesday, April 5, at the Affton High School to talk with the public about the Affton/Gravois Road Great Streets study. The meeting will be an open house style, with staff and consultants available to answer questions about the study (conducted by East-West Gateway last summer), about the vision for the corridor that came out of the study, validating what the residents and business owners want to see, and ideas on how to address their issues.
One opportunity being investigated is the possibility for MoDOT to stripe Gravois Road with a new configuration, i.e. a “road diet”. This would reduce travel lanes in certain parts of the corridor to provide space for a variety of pedestrian amenities and safety features, as well as address parking concerns. A traffic study and modeling of the road diet is being conducted now, and refinements to the proposal are being made based on the results. County DOT and MoDOT, along with County Planning, are currently investigating the options, and potential benefits and impacts at this time. No decision has been made by MoDOT, and public input from the residents and business owners will be a key factor in the final decision. At this time, the only decision that has been made is to continue investigating the options and discuss them with the public on April 5th.
I am very excited to explore the ideas that came out of the Gravois Road Great Streets study. As you may be aware, EWG conducted 5 such corridor studies last year, and the Affton/Gravois study generated the greatest interest and largest public participation of any of the other studies. This is a testament to our dedication to public participation. There is tremendous interest by the residents and business owners to see something done along the corridor, and I see this as the first step in exploring the recommendations and making progress toward implementation. The end goal is not a road diet, that is merely one possible means to an end. The true goal is helping Affton create a sense of place, a focal point for the community, and to improve the neighborhood connectivity and safety along the corridor. The open house on April 5 is the next step in this process.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the planning study and recommendations, the traffic study and possible road diet, or the public open house. I will be out of the office on Monday, March 20, but will be available any time after that to discuss this in greater detail. For more information on the Great Streets study, please visit our project webpage at www.stlouisco.com/GravoisRoad where you will find some infographics on the study and links to the study materials on EWG’s website.
During the evening rush hour the southbound through movement at the I-64 ramp terminates prior to that movement ending at Scott. In doing so, the last of the southbound traffic to clear the I-64 intersection is able to make it through Scott - leaving a minimal to no amount of traffic trapped between the two intersections. This gap allows room for traffic exiting the I-64 eastbound off-ramp to turn into as they are the next movement to be active after mainline terminates. To provide this type of relationship between two intersections at the END of the mainline phases often means the BEGINNING of the mainline phases may not be able to start up as you described (though ideal if it is possible to provide). The City and MoDOT will continue to monitor this though to provide the most efficient operation that we can.
Cars shouldn't be left on the side of the road -- they tend to slow down traffic, particularly during rush periods. However, law enforcement is responsible for towing abandoned vehicles. We can work with and encourage towing when there is a safety concern with the car remaining at the location. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I will check on the status of the FPP bridge that you described. We will know more soon about resurfacing efforts for the new fiscal year 2018 (begins in July).