Ask the Road Crew

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, so get ready to be a road warrior by checking your travel plans with our experts from MoDOT, St.Louis and St. Louis County.Join the weekly Road Crew chat on Wednesday, May 23, at 1 p.m.

    David Wrone asked me to let you know that he would not be able to participate in today's chatroom;  however, if you want to leave questions, I will forward them to him and he can respond next week.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    When will they fix the exit from 270S onto 70W. It is so rough, you about lose your wheels. Also, when will they clean up the side of the road from 70E onto 270N. This looks like a dump.
    We have a project to replace that ramp next year; in the meantime, I have asked our maintenance team to go out and patch any potholes that may be out there.  As far as roadway cleanup, our maintenance team is out cleaning roadways almost every day -- with more than 6000 miles of shoulder in the greater St. Louis area, they hit every interstate about once a month -- I have passed your concerns along for them to check out.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I know that this is Missouri American Water's probem, and not MoDOT's, but can anything be done about the pavement mess on eastbound Olive at Warson? There was a massive water main break here in January, and the patches put down are sinking badly. Cars in the lefthand through lane of eastbound Olive now slow down before the intersection to go gently over the sunken patches. If you hit them at full speed it is quite jarring, and could possibly damage a car's suspension. Can these be filled temporarily like potholes? More broadly, can the water company be forced to finally fix the huge mess they made all along Olive between 270 and 170? There are water main repairs all over with temporary patches.
    I have passed your question along to our team that works with the utilities to see if the utilities have any plans to make any permanent repairs. Typically, it takes the utility companies a bit of time to award the contract for the permanent repairs (after they ensure that the fix they made is working). In addition, we did have a rather chilly April (which is not terribly conducive to placing concrete).  If I hear anything back from the team, I will share it here.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    As part of the Great Streets initiative, decorative lights were installed along Manchester. Several months ago, they were removed and replaced with orange cones. Will they ever come back?
    The municipalities are responsible for maintaining the lights, and they removed them after several were blown down in high winds.  The municipalities are working with the lighting manufacturer to get new lights, but we don't have any information on when those new lights will be installed.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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