A couple of follow-up items from previous weeks: . Early in May, one of the chatters asked us to review the signal timing at Olive and I-270 during the morning rush hour. Several of the turns were backing up into the intersection. They were also asking about the signal onto northbound New Ballas.
Our traffic engineer for the area observed Olive from I-270 to New Ballas for several mornings and determined that changes were not appropriate at this time. He did see traffic backing up from the southbound I-270 ramp backing up into the intersection for a few seconds, but that it also cleared out quickly and still gave a good amount of time for eastbound Olive traffic to move through the signal. Since both the northbound and southbound ramps are very heavy during the morning rush, they must have all the time they get to prevent traffic from backing up onto the interstate. The turn lane from eastbound Olive to northbound New Ballas is set when it is to best serve traffic. He did note that it may spill back onto the lanes of eastbound Olive, but usually cleared out quickly.
Secondly, reasonrules asked if the signal work along Gravois meant that there would be the opportunity for yielding right turns from Kingshighway to westbound Gravois while eastbound Gravois is making yielding left turns onto Kingshighway. Unfortunately, we are not allowing yielding rights – this lets pedestrians crossing Gravois have their own exclusive crossing. We will extend the opportunity to make the right turn at the same time as eastbound Gravois gets their left arrow as well as while Kingshighway has a green light. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
From Irritated-64: B. can anything be done about late mergers at 64-170? it slows down both lanes and i see close calls on rear ends every day.
Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to prevent drivers from making late or early merges on the interstate. The type of barrier that you would need to prevent this is very unsafe at interstate speeds. People who cut in at the last minute tend to be people who want to squeak a few more car lengths ahead, to the detriment of other drivers.. The best prevention is to, of course be a more defensive driver, avoid distractions and watch out for other drivers. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The work on the current bridges will be completed later this year -- the project is scheduled through November. However, we have several years of work set along I-44 to continue maintenance along the corridor. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Traffic volumes are bi-directional throughout the day on Forest Park Parkway (between Vandeventer and Kingshighway) at 600 vehicles per hour (vph) in each direction during the AM peak hour and 800 vph in each direction during the PM peak hour. These are the most difficult to develop coord plans for as you can't be biased for one direction of flow.
First we will verify the equipment and communications are operating correctly on Forest Park Parkway. If they are not, we will correct this. If they are operating correctly, we will revisit the timing plans to adjust them to better accommodate traffic demands.
Are you talking about Scott - not Spring? Currently, excavation and removal of the old retaining wall is taking place. The roadway, sidewalk, barrier work started in April and should be complete in September. If this is not the location you are talking about, please provide more details. Thanks!
I'll have our road inspection group investigate the situation. David Wrone, St. Louis County
Often, we have to check with an expert to get a more specific answer -- that can take a while. Andrew Gates. MoDOT Communications
There are supposed to be pedestrian warnings at all the crosswalks on the Tower Grove roundabout. We'll double-check to make sure that they haven't been knocked down. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
There was a water main break there. We're working with the water company to determine when they are coming out to make final repairs -- we do have some plans to resurface Page from I-170 to Lindbergh later this year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Yes, it is getting rough. We have plans to resurface I-270 between Page and I-55 next year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The intersection of Tower Grove & Vandeventer has never had detection. However, the City has been exploring options with various parties to puruse improving this intersection (as well as the others on Vandeventer) to upgrade the signals to include fiber optic communications (linking them to our Traffic Management Center) as well as adding vehicle and pedestrian detection to make the signals responsive to dynamic traffic demands.
Forest Park Parkway has been reported to us in terms of complaints regarding its traffic signal progression performance lately between Vandeventer and Kingshighway. We are investigating the complaints - during this process we will look at equipment, communications, timing, and signage as mentioned. Thanks!
We will investigate this problem and coordinate with the RR authorities to avoid degradation of this new pavement.
The City generally limits "temporary" lane closures between the morning and evening peak periods of commuter traffic only - nothing specifically for Cardinals regular season day game dates. We will look into the Broadway & Cole complaint.
Our traffic engineers will investigate this reported condition at Chippewa & RDP interchange in terms of verifying if the appropriate signage is present and correct it as needed.
We will notify the manager of the Snarf's of the parking restrictions along Wash Ave in the area adjacent to their location. We will also inform police and treasurer's office of parking enforcement along Wash Ave.