Grand will be completely open to traffic before December 1st of this year. We have a closure scheduled on Grand for Saturday between 6 a.m. and about 2 p.m. to remove barrier wall and put down new stripes. When we reopen Grand on Saturday, drivers will have two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes in their final position, as well as the bicycle lanes. We still have some work on the median to do, so drivers still won't be able to make the left turn from NB Grand to WB I-44, nor the left turn from SB Grand to EB I-44. So, during the winter, I-44 should be fairly clear this year. Next year, most of our work on I-44 is between Murdoch and the River des Peres, and around the PSB. We do have some wrap-up work on Grand (landscaping and the like) that is finished in the spring. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The Kingshighway bridge is still scheduled to be open to traffic by end of December!
Ameren is working on 4th Street (Olive to Convention) downtown and their work is on track to be completed by end of year. There are various efforts by Ameren underway on Locust that should be completed within 8 weeks.
Baxter Road, between Clarkson and Wild Horse Creek Road in Chesterfield, will soon be striped for dedicated bike lanes (one lane in each direction).
This modification is supported by St. Louis County’s Complete Streets ordinance, which was passed in 2014 and requires the Department of Transportation to consider all modes of transportation – including bicycles – when designing a roadway project.
A St. Louis County contractor currently is completing the final phase of a $1.5 million improvement project on this portion of Baxter Road. Work includes the replacement of deteriorated curbs and sidewalks, construction of wheelchair-accessible sidewalk ramps and replacement of much of the road’s existing pavement.
“Not every road is a candidate for bike lanes, and we review each project individually and systematically,” explained Dr. Nichalos Gardner, director of the departments of Transportation and Public Works. “But Baxter Road proved to be an ideal candidate for them.”
Currently, this 1.6-mile long section of Baxter Road consists of two driving lanes in each direction, and a shared center ‘left turn’ lane. Once the bike lanes are striped, motor vehicles will have one lane in each direction and a shared center lane.
Officials emphasized that the reduction of driving lanes will not significantly impact traffic flow – a determination based on an analysis of existing traffic volume, peak traffic flow and the use of computer models to project the impact of reduced lanes on traffic movement.
“We studied this very thoroughly,” Dr. Gardner continued. “And our computer models project very little, if any, of an adverse effect on traffic movement.”
St. Louis County has previously reduced the number of motor vehicle lanes to provide bicycle lanes on the following roads: Adams/Lockwood, between Woodlawn Avenue and Berry Road; Banshee Road, between Missouri Bottom Road and James S. McDonnell Boulevard, and Woodson Road, between Trenton Avenue and Pennell Drive.
Baxter Road’s new bike lanes will help expand connections to an existing bicycle network that includes bike lanes on Clarkson Road, Wild Horse Creek Road and Edison Avenue. DAVID WRONE, ST. LOUIS COUNTY
The bridge at Guinns Creek on Route 79 has reopened. However, contractors are currently working on New Bryant Creek (just south of Guinns Creek.) That project is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I've passed your concerns about both the sign at the train crossing and the timing for the "mall" to our traffic engineer for the city. We'll check into those. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Our Baxter Road contractor is in fact behind schedule. Work was originally scheduled to be finished by the end of October. However, nothing is 'seriously wrong." We'll assess daily liquidated damages on the contractor until the project is complete - with the eventual total and any unfinished work guaranteed by a performance bond that the contractor was required to obtain prior to the start of work. (This is standard operating procedure for all of our projects.) In regard to the theoretically defective sub-base, as with all of our projects, the Department of Transportation assigned a resident engineer to our Baxter Road improvement project. This individual is responsible for overseeing all phases of work, and would certainly identify sub-standard work and require its correction. Re: our bid awarding process: As a rule, our contractors are the lowest bidders on a particular job. David Wrone, St. Louis County
Thank you. I'll forward your report to our Division of Operations. David Wrone, St. Louis County
My previous comment was that the west leg was not determined to be a safe crossing to stripe for pedestrians due to the skew of the intersection. I noted that the new curb ramps and crosswalk striping for the pedestrian access at the other three corners were determined to be safe pathways and as such were constructed that way with cooperation with local Alderman Coatar and the Street Dept. I apology if there was a misunderstanding.
I've passed it to our construction team -- however, by this weekend, it will be a moot point. We are expecting to reopen both the northbound and southbound lanes (as well as the bike lanes) in their final positions. We will have some work in the median, so we will not have the left turns to the interstate available for a bit. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
1. What time of day did this occur? There are different timing plans that run each day that change at certain times. The signal completes a whole cycle every 120 -140 seconds, so if you are missed you will not be waiting any longer than that. 2. Sutherland was mentioned previously and it was determined our vehicle detection is malfunctioning. Our new supply of vehicle detection literally just arrived a few minutes ago at the Street Dept. We will be visiting the critical problem areas such as this one to correct operations. 3. Gravois is MoDOT-controlled traffic signal - they will need to answer this.
I have passed your concern on Gravois onto our traffic team to take a look at and make what adjustments they can to the signal. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We won't be installing fencing on the I-64 project -- it isn't required. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The westbound 54/63 bridge is supposed to open on November 14. I have passed your concerns on to our traffic engineers, however, from your description, it may be people blocking the intersection -- which is an enforcement issue for the PD, not a signal issue. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications