You would have to talk to the Post-Dispatch, who hosts the chat, about how they choose to market it and how they choose to link to it. They do the set up and market it on their page, while the three Road Crew members respond to the questions that are in the chat room. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have passed the Lindbergh and Midland pothole on to our maintenance team; I have also talked with the county, and they said they will investigate the potholes on Woodson Road. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Thanks for sharing how you visit the chat! Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We will have inspector stop by to check these out - thanks
Work will begin this summer. Our contractor will be repaving Clayton Road from Skinker west to the City of Ladue's city limits. David Wrone, St. Louis County
"Under Moderation" means that the questions are in a list for the individuals responding to questions. We typically are either on-line or regularly checking the list for the questions. That way, we can share the question and the answer at the same time (and if someone happens to be difficult or terribly colorful in their questioning, we can prevent other people from seeing those questions). Often times, it takes a while for someone to research the answer to the question, as well... Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Bumpyroad, this is a live chat, but the collective questions can't be answered simultaneously and immediately. Some sessions are busier than others, and a particular agency (i.e., St. Louis County, MoDOT or St. Louis City) may have its figurative hands fuller than in other sessions. MoDOT might have ten or more questions in the "queue," and it takes time to go through and answer them individually - particularly if we have to reach out to other personnel for information (as is often the case). David Wrone, St. Louis County
We are in the process of preparing for the slide at the end of the month, where we move the eastbound lanes about nine feet to the south. That will allow us to fill in the middle (between the eastbound lanes and westbound lanes) and add an extra eastbound lane on the bridge. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Last week, we were asked about the development around Affton Plaza. The chatter was concerned about getting into and out of the plaza onto Gravois with a new fast food restaurant in place. The developer is making several changes that limit how people will be able to turn from Gravois into the plaza -- including a much wider entrance/exit just east of the fast food restaurant. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Thanks for sharing -- I am sure it will help! Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Because there aren't pedestrian signals on either side of Watson Road at this time. We are in the very early stages of a project that would look at resurfacing that area, and we can look at installing pedestrian signals at that time. At this time, though, we have no funding identified for any project in that area. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We will have our traffic engineers check this condition out. Hadn't heard of that happening, but we'll see what's going on.
There is a huge difference in the construction required for major interstate level bridge (such as this one) and a bridge that goes over a major interstate (like Big Bend over I-270). Requiring a contractor to work around the clock significantly boosts the cost of a project, and is often done where there are no other choices, or where the detour is overly difficult. In this area, we also have a lot of residential area that we would impact if we did work at night. We understand and appreciate that the construction impacts evening rush significantly; that is why we continue to encourage people to take alternate routes. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
First of all, this is like any construction project -- you can't put the roof on a house before the foundation and the walls are built, and putting more crews to work means that the contractor needs to hire more crews (and if they don't have the available equipment, they would have to locate that.) It would also create a greater demand on concrete plants (which may become overtasked) and they would have to pull concrete from other locations. All of that increases the cost significantly, without speeding up the project in a similar fashion. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications.
That is an older traffic signal where we don't have vehicle detection capabilities installed. I can revisit the signal timing to see if during the evening hours we can lower the cycle length to make stop/go's more snappy.
Thanks, I have shared it with our maintenance team. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Thanks for the question about the difficulty finding the chat. We did recently change the navigation menus on the site, and going forward, will feature the traffic chat in our "live" headlines on the homepage. You should also be able to find it among our Metro news headlines. If you have other stltoday website questions, you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our street inspectors will check this out!
That type of a repair usually takes some time to get scheduled, since it is more than our general maintenance forces can address. I have passed it along to our team to ensure that it is on the schedule. We may have a few other higher priority pavement repairs that we have to address first -- it has been a pretty nasty year for potholes because the ground was so cold. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Our inspector will check out Carondelet at Courtouis - thanks!
We will be internally reviewing and discussing various roads that are in need of repaving in the next month and Hampton in that area is one of them. Hope to have more to share later!