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    The congestion along Choteau is probably drivers detouring around the lane closure on the ramp from I-44 to I-55. The city also has repairs on the Compton bridge which may be driving traffic to Chouteau. The lane on the ramp will remain closed until the middle of next month, but we have other ramps scheduled for work. We will monitor Chouteau and see if we can make any adjustments to the signal timing. We do have construction scheduled for Grand this year, however, it will not be a full closure. We will maintain two lanes open during the project, and will be able to keep traffic turning from the interstate in both directions onto Grand for much of the project. We have a lot of work scheduled for I-44 over the next several years – mostly on the bridges. For instance, we have work scheduled on 12 bridges along I-44 this year. We try to combine projects where they make sense, or where one project will meter traffic for another project along the corridor. If we did one project at a time, we would be impacting traffic like this for many years. By doing several projects at the same time, we can limit the overall impact and get all the projects done quicker. That being said, we have significant work scheduled on I-44 through 2018. There are several options to avoid the work -- we understand that not everyone can adjust their commute time, but we always encourage those who can to do so. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Lately, eastbound I-44 seems to be much more heavily congested / slow between 6:30 - 7:00 AM and between 141 and I-270. Is there any particular reason for that or is it just the time of year that people want to get to work early? (so we can get out early and enjoy the weather!)
    The signal at Lafayette is not in sync with the signal at Interstate 44. This is a major concern during evening rush hour heading south on Jefferson avenue. Causing huge traffic jams. Please sync the signals.
    We expect the TIP to be out for comment in May. Generally speaking, the TIP continues to take care of the existing system. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Martha -- On the Lindbergh at Chaminade concern, what time did you see the problem with the signal there? Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    This is in response to the second part of "Martha's' query: I have forwarded the U-Turn issue to the St. Louis County Police Department (which patrols Barrett Station Road). I have also asked our Traffic Studies group to investigate the possibility of installing the signage you requested. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    We'll take a look at the signal at Grand and Chouteau to see if there are problems. You can report issues such at that to our customer service team at any time at 275-1500. There are no plans to change the roadway configuration on Chouteau. The current striping was established for overall safety on the roadway for all users (vehicles, pedestrians, transit and cyclists). We have heard from a number of cyclists who have used the roadway – just because you don’t see them during your morning or evening commute doesn’t mean they aren’t using it. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    It's much too long. I can make a left turn from Ladue onto Lindbergh and see a red light at Chaminade - and when I get there, it's STILL red. The timings are all for the morning and afternoon rush, but they don't vary. Traffic on Lindbergh backs up on Sunday mornings while one car moseys through.
    (Sorry - I think I misread your question. The lights are the same length ALL the time, no matter when I go through there - 7:45 AM Sunday or 6:45 PM on Thursday - and there's usually no reason for it.)
    Thanks -- we 've passed it along to our signal team. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I'm not sure if you answered Martha's question regarding the Lindbergh at Chaminade concern ... it doesn't matter what time of the day it is. It happens on the happens in the evenings and on weekends in both directions.
    Thanks -- I've asked our signal team to look at it -- it sounds like there might be a detection issue. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communciations
    Why doesn't MoDOT just shut down I-44 and put us all out of our misery?
    There is a lot of work scheduled over the next several years for I-44 -- the corridor is about 50 years old and many of the bridges are due for preventative maintenance to ensure they remain safe and operational. Our goal is to keep as much of the roadway open as we can, yet still complete this necessary maintenance along the corridor. One lane is closed (of four) from the city limits to Kingshighway, and one lane (of two) is closed on the ramp I-55. We understand that the work has an impact on traffic especially during morning rush periods. Drivers can consider one of the many alternate routes into St. Louis City. We encourage those who can shift their commute out of rush period or who can take alternate transportation (such as Metro) to do so. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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