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
The most likely explanation is that it is the time of year that the sun is at the right spot to be in driver's eyes heading eastbound -- at least in that area. We do have lane closures further in the city, but the traffic shouldn't be backed up between Route 141 and I-270 because of that. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
With the history of parades in our town, we are more than ready in the event another should occur!
City staff have been working on Jefferson with MoDOT engineers to properly sync the signals by time of day. We will have staff on-street this evening at that location to investigate your issue.
FYI: The Compton bridge, between Spruce and Chouteau, is completely shut down to traffic until April 26 for bridge deck repairs.
That traffic signal at Shop 'n Save is antiquated equipment that we are already planning on upgrading in order to link it to the signal system currently online that includes Chippewa & Jamieson. Until that time we will continue to the best of our abilities to better manually sync it to the system further east.
We're on the cusp of the final phase of construction on our Brentwood Boulevard improvement project. Our contractor will soon begin milling (i.e., "grinding up") the existing pavement - after which new pavement will be put down. The section of Brentwood you mention is included in our project, and will have new pavement and new striping. The project spans Brentwood Blvd. from just north of Marshall north across Manchester all the way to Eager. St. Louis County also maintains two stretches of Eager Road between Brentwood and Hanley; these sections will also be improved as part of this work. David Wrone, St. Louis County.
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
Thanks -- we 've passed it along to our signal team. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Thanks -- I've asked our signal team to look at it -- it sounds like there might be a detection issue. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communciations
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