You don't say what time you are coming through, but based on your description, it is probably close to either morning or evening rush period. There is a lot of traffic on I-64, especially as it goes toward I-270 out of the Chesterfield Valley. The work that you are speaking of is a widening project along I-64. Westbound the work runs from I-270 to Olive (Route 340) -- eastbound, the widening runs from Route 141 to I-270. When that work is completed late this year, it which should help a bit with the flow of traffic on there. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Your concern about Tucker and Spruce has been sent to our signal section.
I have passed that along to our crews to see if they can repair the signal. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communication
A signal electrician is being sent to repair the signal on St Louis Ave.
The Grand bridge is tricky -- looking at it from the roadway, it has a decent surface – although it is significantly patched. The problem is under the surface. The bridge design is such that water gets into the bridge (through cracks on the roadway) and can get trapped in there. About five years ago, we had some significant issues with a large amount of concrete falling off the bridge onto the roadway below. We were able to patch it and have been able to keep the bridge in operation since then. Let me stress that the bridge is safe -- if we believed it was not safe to travel on (or under) we would close lanes, or the bridge, as necessary. We are not only concerned about the traffic on the Grand bridge, but concerned about concrete from the underside falling on I-44 traffic. Winter is harsh on bridges (salt, water, and freezing) and our engineers believe that if we do not replace the bridge before next winter, there is a good chance that we will have to close lanes or the bridge for safety for an extended period of time. We understand that it will be inconvenient, but believe that it is better to have a planned lane closure for a short period (six months) than risk a potential long-term lane closure.
During construction, we will continue to maintain north-south connections across Grand. Traffic can still turn right onto the interstate through construction, except for a couple two-week periods. We know rush hours will be difficult, but drivers can use I-64 to and from downtown. There is still interstate access at Hampton, Kingshighway to/from the north, Vandeventer, Jefferson and Lafayette. In addition there are several local overpasses and underpasses for residents to move north and south.
Since we plan our funding about five years out, it usually takes about five years for a project to get through the process – in that time we have done everything we can to keep the bridge in operation.
Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
A sign crew will be dispatched to replace the signs at 10th and on Locust.
The timing on construction projects can be very fluid, depending on many factors -- available funding, delays in developing plans and many other reasons. MoDOT has to meet its responsibility for its roadways, just like other organizations, such as the city, must meet their roadway responsibilities. Although due to conditions, it was impossible to avoid the work on Grand while St. Louis City works at Kingshighway, MoDOT is doing what it can to help reduce the impacts of the construction -- staging traffic across the bridge to keep Grand open, working with our partners to provide options, and sharing information about the project in enough time to allow people to look at their options and plan ahead for the project. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We've passed this along to our maintenance team to see if they can help fix the concern. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We have passed this along to our maintenance team to see if we can get the posts replaced. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Currently the red light cameras are not in operation.
I'm sending your observation about SB 18th to our signal group. Are you seeing this during the evening rush?
Will also pass this along regarding 18th.
Sounds like it might be a detection issue. I've passed it along to our team to check out. Please feel free to call items such as this in to our customer service. We have people answering the phones around the clock at 314-275-1500. Thanks! Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We will take a look at this to see if we can make any improvements. Additionally, St. Louis County does have an upcoming project to add a dedicated left turn lane onto Musick, which may help in the future. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We monitor the traffic levels during the morning and evening rush periods to see which direction is heaviest -- that is the side on which we open the express lanes. We continue to monitor those levels and have found that the traffic levels remain higher heading into (or through) the city during both the morning and evening rush. If that changes, we will look at switching the directions of the express lanes. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We'll take a look and see if we can there are any improvements we can make to signage for I-64. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
That turn was always full access -- we'll have to check to see if the median got any closer. There were no plans to make that turn Right In, Right Out as a part of the work along Manchester Road. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The pavement placed for shoulders is thinner than that required for a lane. If you restriped the shoulder as a turn lane, it would quickly deteriorate with the extra use. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications