Ask the Road Crew

Before you battle the holiday shopping crowds, get the Road Crew to give you advice on the best routes, what to avoid and more. Talk to our experts from MoDOT, St. Louis and St. Louis County on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m.

    Last week, a Road Crew reader submitted the following: "For the County - revisiting Big Bend, eastbound, between Berry and Grant Roads (where it now loses a lane), there are currently two sign posts (with signs). The first (westernmost) one has a "Speed Limit 30" on top, with a bus stop sign below it. The second (eastern) one has a yellow diamond with the graphic indicating "Lane Ends, Merge Left". Since the "Lane Ends" sign is right where the lane ends, it doesn't provide much (if any) advance notice. I would think that a relatively easy "fix" would be to reverse the locations of the "Lane Ends" and the "Speed Limit" signs, to give people a little more notice of the more-time-and speed-critical issue. And if the county can find the money, then adding two new rectangular yellow signs, with left-pointing chevrons ("<"), would also be an improvement, with one added below the relocated "Speed Limit" sign and one added to the telephone pole (that's making this lane drop challenging). Thanks!" ST. LOUIS COUNTY'S REPLY: The Big Bend lane transition consists of two “Right Lane Ends” signs at the eastbound lane transition near Berry Road. The first sign facing eastbound traffic is five hundred feet west of the lane transition and has a “500 Ft” plaque underneath. The second “Right Lane Ends” sign is at the transition point, as you indicate. It is located so traffic turning from Berry Road will be able to see it after making the turn. There is not enough room between the eastern “Right Lane Ends” sign and Berry Road to add additional “Right Lane Ends” signs. It would not be appropriate to use chevrons in the taper. However, there is room in the taper to add two Type 3 object markers, which would be more appropriate for this location. The object markers will be installed in the next two weeks, weather permitting. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    On westbound Gravois at Taft, a protected left-turn lane and arrow have been added and the left-arrow appears to be functional 24/7. There is still a VERY faded "no left turn between" certain hours (I think it's 7-9am and 4-6pm) next to the new lights. Is this "no left" still in effect, even when the left arrow is illuminated? Should the "no left" sign be removed? Thanks! And I love the new lane configuration on Gravois.
    We should be removing this sign in the next few weeks. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    With early sunsets this time of year, I've noticed that a number of signs have seem to have lost their reflectivity over time. Do any crews ever make a run at night to check on these issues which may not be apparent in the daytime?
    Yes, we do check our signs at night to see if there is the required amount of reflectivity. If you notice one on a state route that seems to have an issue, please feel free to let us know. You can call our customer service line (275-1500 or 1-888-ASK-MODOT) at any time and speak to a live representative. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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