The contractor working on the project should not have any lane closures on northbound Route 141 before 9 a.m. -- that is the direction that we consider rush traffic in the morning. Because the volume of vehicles is much lower southbound, we have allowed the contractor to close lanes southbound earlier. If you see a northbound lane closure before 9 a.m., please let our Transportation Management Center know at 1-888-ASK-MODOT. They can let the construction team know that the contractor is out early. There is still some significant work as far as Forest/Vance/Marshall goes -- for instance, sidewalks and curbing and the island. The contractor (and subcontractors) have some leeway in when the work gets done. Wintertime is not necessarily conducive to concrete work. The concrete crews will be back out in when the weather warms up a little, working on that area. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We are having problems getting the pavement dry enough to put down new stripes. Right now, they are hoping to try to get that in tomorrow. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
In part, yesterday was an aberration. There was a stalled tractor trailer truck on the ramp from NB I-55 to EB I-64; that closed the ramp and prevented traffic from getting on the bridge. We did have some work on eastbound I-64 -- rush traffic is on westbound, so typically, closing a lane eastbound in the morning does not generally create significant traffic backup. With one lane closed before the bridge, we typically need to close the ramp from 6th Street for safety. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
MoDOT will treat the highways before any potential ice storms begin. We will also have full crews working for the duration of the storm. That being said, ice is a fairly challenging storm to fight, so since there is a potential for a high amount of ice, we are encouraging drivers to avoid travel if possible. If you must travel, be well prepared for winter weather with a full tank of gas, warm clothing and snacks and water. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I'll pass this along to our construction team. As far as the southbound lane closure goes, was it simply too much traffic, or were there backups as drivers attempted to merge into the open lanes? Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Most of the striping done on state roadways is through our maintenance team. We have 6,800 lane miles of state roadway in the greater St. Louis area and a limited number of striping vehicles. We make every effort to get out to get every state road restriped each year. If you see an area that is very faded, please let us know and we will see about getting our crew out to touch up the stripes. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Traffic continues to be heavier going eastbound on I-44 into the city than outbound in both the morning and evening commutes. We continue to monitor the situation and will consider reversing the express lane directions if traffic levels in the evening heading to westbound I-70. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have asked our maintenance team to take a look at the storm drains to see if they can make any improvements. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We are not weather forecasters -- we rely on several organizations to give us information on potential storms during the winter. However, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch starting late tomorrow night. Local forecasters would probably be able to give you better information, especially as we move into tomorrow. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
It is a challenge to coordinate so many utility projects with the local agencies and we've learned a lot from each other over recent times. The process is getting better as we are in constant contact with one another and putting in efforts to plan ahead for the exact things you mentioned. We can only promise to continue that commitment to improve even more so in the future.
The City of St. Louis has a goal of providing mobility for users of all modes of transportation as well as ensuring that neighborhood streets continue to function as safe, low volume, low speed facilities. That said, there are times when lanes are re-striped more narrow than they were before (however still within the federal standards), bicycle lanes are added in areas (where excess roadway capacity is determined to be available) in order to provide accommodations for cyclists, and traffic circles are often used as a traffic calming measure (to combat excessive speeding and cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets). In the end, we are trying to provide the ability and options for folks to get around our city safely in more than just one manner.
I will pass them along to our maintenance team; however, plows, winter weather, and road treatments are not kind to stripes. Typically we start much of our touch-up work when temps warm up (and roads stay drier). I am told that we just restriped the area on Route 141 near I-44 on Friday. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
You'll need to check with the City of Clayton, as Clayton maintains that section of Brentwood as well as Forsyth. Sorry I can't be of assistance. David Wrone, St. Louis County
Law Enforcement does not directly work for us. When we have a crash on the roadway, we do everything we can to put information up on the overhead message boards to warn people to avoid the area. During a crash, law enforcement is in charge of the area, and they work with us, depending on the situation. Often crash response changes very quickly based on the situation. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
St. Louis County doesn't maintain this bridge. You may wish to check with the City of Maryland Heights. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I am told that crews fixed a detector issue at this signal today. You can always call in signal malfunctions to our customer service team at 1-888-ASK-MODOT. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We have an improvement/resurfacing project programmed for Missouri Bottom Road, from Fee Fee to I-270 that will begin this year. Ideally, work would be complete this year, as well, but I can't guarantee that. Phantom Drive, however, is not included in this project. David Wrone, St. Louis County
Primarily safety -- most of the standard items (such as the center barriers) are designed and crash tested at the national level to ensure that they meet overall standards for safety. If barriers don't meet those standards, we can't use them -- at least without jeopardizing getting funding for the roadway. As far as I am aware, a taller barrier has not been approved for use. It is unfortunate that we have people who insist on rubber-necking instead of paying attention to the road. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The Alabama bridge will have 4 lanes for vehicular traffic while also providing an extension of the Great Rivers Greenway.
At this point, we are not considering adding any more overhead message boards. We typically have a board before every major interstate to interstate connection and several along interstates. We understand that it is frustrating if you are caught behind a crash and not able to get off the roadway. We, and law enforcement, do what we can to get the roadway back open to traffic as quickly as we can -- especially during rush periods. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We will report the pothole on Macklind to the street crews. As far as bike lanes, vehicles are NOT to drive in them.
It depends on the traffic levels. During design of a new project, we look at each of the traffic movements (through, left turns and right turns). If one of those movements has sufficient traffic attempting to make it, we look at including it into the project. During construction, space is precious and we have to do everything we can to keep traffic moving -- our focus must be on the movements with the most traffic. During construction, we might have to limit one movement (such as right turns) to keep overall traffic moving smoother. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Mercy Driver -- MoDOT's number to report roadway issues (potholes, signal problems, etc) is 1-888-ASK-MODOT or 275-1500. Andrew Gates, MODOT Communications
I am not aware that law enforcement has a chat room such as this. You might check with the St. Louis County PD. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Comunications
You are welcome. I know the MoDOT, St. Louis County and St. Louis City teams work hard to try to keep traffic flowing as best as it can. We, and our teams, appreciate the kudos. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We will look into providing a leading pedestrian interval here that will give peds a head start before motorists are given green.