Last week, a Road Crew reader asked if St. Louis County has any plans to improve Monarch Drive, in North County. We, in fact, do. This summer, a contractor will begin removing and replacing Monarch's pavement between Chambers and Hallwood Drive. The street is one of several included in our 2018 mill and overlay work. (In lay terms, "milling" is the process through which existing asphalt pavement is macerated into manageable chunks and removed, while "overlaying" is the application of new pavement.) David Wrone, St. Louis County
The railroads are responsible for the maintenance of their bridges. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I believe that is new sewer work that should be completed this week.
In last week's chat, a motorist expressed displeasure with the amount of time it takes to turn left from eastbound Vance Road onto 141 in Valley Park. The primary problem: Through- and right-turning vehicles often stack up at the intersection, well behind the very short dedicated left-turn lane that now exists. This requires left-turning motorists to endure two or three signals cycles before they can advance far enough to access their lane. The reader was particularly concerned that the issue will be exacerbated by the opening of a convenience store now being built at the southwest corner of the intersection. St. Louis County, however, is requiring the developer to build a far longer dedicated left turn lane on eastbound Vance as it approaches 141. This will greatly accelerate the movement of left-turning Vance traffic onto the highway, since those drivers won't be queued nearly as long behind through- and right-turning vehicles. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I am checking with our traffic team to make sure that the traffic pattern hasn't changed, but it looks like the sign across the street is for the right turn from the "center" lane. The left turn goes left, the "center" lane (or the right most one at the intersection) goes left, through and right, and the right turn (with the yield sign) goes right. You yield at the right lane, and cannot turn right on red from the "center" lane. If I hear anything differently, I will let you know. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have forwarded this to our signals group, and will post a response next week. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I have shared that with our signal team to see if there is an issue. That signal is one of three we are replacing on Lindbergh this year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
That area is overseen by another section in central Missouri. I have asked for information on any planning, but haven't gotten anything as of yet. When I hear back from them, I'll share the information in the chat. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications