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With warmer weather on the way, get ready for construction slowdowns. Ask our Road Crew all your questions about getting around with experts from MoDOT, St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County to get you answers. Join the chat on Wednesday, April 17, at 1 p.m.

    Last week we were asked to post phone numbers to report pot holes and other maintenance issues.  Here is the information for St. Charles County, as promised.

    Streets within cities are typically maintained by the city, with the exception of smaller municipalities such as Cottleville, Weldon Spring, St. Paul, etc., who contract with the County Highway Department to have their streets maintained. View the current municipality boundary map (PDF). Cities that conduct their own maintenance are:

    • St. Charles County: 636-949-7305 
    • Town of Augusta: 636-228-4689
    • City of Lake Saint Louis Public Works Department: 636-695-4221
    • City of O'Fallon Street Division: 636-379-3808
    • City of St. Charles Street Division: 636-949-3363
    • City of St. Peters Street Department: 636-477-6600, ext. 340
    • City of Wentzville Street Division: 636-639-2060
    A month or so ago there were traffic counters along Central School Road in front of the Francis Howell School(s) entrance. Is a traffic study being completed to help with the congestion? The south bound traffic of N. St. Peters Pkwy turning right onto westbound Central School Road and the back up along ST. Peters Howell Road is getting worse and worse. I understand this is mostly/only when school is in session, but something needs to be done to alleviate the backup. Could a second right turn lane from St. Peters onto Central School be added? That way those going straight past St. Peters Howell Road wouldn't be stuck in the back up. Thank you for adding the St. Charles County personnel to the chat!
    I cannot verify what the counts were for, but there is work being done to fund improvements at Central School Road and St. Peters Howell Road.  The County Highway department has submitted funding application for federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds, as well as County Road Board funds.  Existing delay is extremely high in the PM peak hour, and we expect that the funding will be approved.  The current plan is to add lanes in all directions.  The County Road Board application can be found in the link below and provides more information on the proposed improvements and cost. 
    Hanley and Manchester signal - the westbound through in the weekday PM gets chronically shortchanged for green time. The WB queue rarely seems to clear and it doesn't seem that much heavier than EB. I'll also add that the WB through is not helped by the number of eastbound left turns on red that don't allow the westbound to go immediately when they get the green. It seems like green time could be better distributed in the evenings (or phased differently) at this intersection so that drivers don't feel the need to run red lights.
    I have forwarded this to our signals group, and will post a reply to your concerns in an upcoming Road Crew. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    What is the scope of the construction that is taking place on Laclede Station Rd between the Murdoch exit and Big Bend? Meaning what is the schedule for lane closures and the expected completion date. Thank you
    We're improving Laclede Station Road from Murdoch and Newport - a total of one-half mile of roadway. Our contractor currently is removing and replacing damaged curbing and sidewalk panels, and building wheelchair-accessible ramps, after which this segment of the road will be resurfaced (i.e., the existing pavement will be removed and new pavement put in its place). Work is expected to be complete by the end of this year. I can't provide specific dates for specific lane closures, because work of this nature is very fluid, but also subject to weather delays and delays of other natures. The best I can offer is that motorists will be encountering lane closures of varying lengths of time for the duration of the project. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • There is currently extensive work being done on Big Bend from Forsyth to Manchester (in both directions). Could you please describe what these projects entail and the estimated time of completion?
  • Two separate, major projects are under way on this stretch of Big Bend. Missouri American Water Company is installing 10,000 feet of new pipe beneath the southbound curb lane of Big Bend. They're expected to be finished with this work by early autumn. St. Louis County recently began a $3.58 million improvement project on Big Bend, from Manchester north to Delmar (a total of three miles). Our contractor is currently removing and replacing deteriorated curbing and sidewalk panels, and building wheelchair-accessible ramps. After this work is complete, this section of Big Bend will receive a new driving surface. Our project will extend into the summer of '20.  David Wrone, St. Louis County
    Who is responsible for maintaining Clayton road running through the city of Clayton past the Galleria? It is in horrible shape and embarrassing. Thanks
    St. Louis County maintains this portion of Clayton Road. We are in the middle of a $3.8 million improvement project on the road, from Skinker west to the city limits of Ladue. Work began last fall. Our contractor is still performing concrete replacement work and wheelchair ramp construction. When that work is complete, Clayton Road will receive a new driving surface. We expect to have the job done by this fall. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    In the past you said that there is a plan in place for EB 44 in Shrewsbury and that is currently being executed. Is there a plan in place to fix the WB lanes or is your team still trying to figure that out. If there is a plan, what is the proposed fix?
    Yes, right now, crews are working on the eastbound bridge.  When that is completed, and we're expecting this to happen fairly soon, traffic will be shifted back onto the (now completed) eastbound bridge so the contractor can work on repairing the westbound bridge.  We are expecting all the bridge work to be complete and the interstate fully open at Shrewsbury (including the ramp from Shrewsbury to EB I-44) by mid-July.  Once the interstate reopens, there are several other tasks, including some work under the bridge, and a new driving surface on I-44 in the area, that will be completed before fall.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Hanley is still an important North/South route, yet the traffic light at Page appears to have been set incorrectly. Hanley is allowed at most 3 cars to go forward (ca. 5 seconds), whereas Page at that intersection has at least 45 seconds. Can this be corrected to be more realistic?
    Is there a specific time and direction you are seeing the issue you mention -- the more information you provide, the better traffic engineers can determine any possible adjustments.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Northbound on Hanley at Page. I have noticed it at various times of day and evening before 11 p.m. I wouldn't be surprised if the NB light were that short 24 hours a day.
    Thanks -- I'll pass it along to the traffic engineers.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Mr. Gates,

    I have a complaint about the signals at I-55 and Reavis Barracks Road. There are signals for each set of entrance/exit ramps. The signal coordination is poor. Yesterday morning, 6:30 I arrived on the west side of Reavis Barracks (i.e. I was eastbound). The light was red for me. The exit ramp traffic cleared. Then opposing traffic then got a green through light with associated arrow. The left turn traffic cleared but it continued to give a green arrow. This delayed those of us heading eastbound wanting to get in the left-turn lane to get onto northbound I-55. So this line of cars got to that light only to have the green through light come on with no arrow. This is not a one-time problem.

    This is frustrating to not be given an arrow. One cabinet services both sets of lights and this signal should be better coordinated. I have no argument with giving green arrows to the opposing traffic but not at the expense that my directions doesn't get an arrow.

    I've been told that this signal is programmed in coordination from approximately 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. After that it "runs free." I do understand that there is unequal volume which adds to the difficulty in coordinating the signals. Maybe a lagging green arrow for traffic wanting to turn left on to northbound I-55 would solve the problem.

    While I'm on the subject, can the signals run free at 8:00 PM instead of 11:00 PM? There is much lighter volume and the exit ramps have to wait a long time for their green lights.

    Thank you.
  • Thanks -- I have shared that information with the traffic engineers in that area.  If I hear anything back from them, I will share it with you here.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • When the Dorsett / Midland Bridge closes will it still be possible to exit Northbound Lindbergh and head east on Midland?
    Also there are several potholes on the top of the exit ramp on Midland.
  • Yes, once that project gets started, you should be able to use all of the ramps -- just the bridge across Lindbergh will be fully closed.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Are there any improvements planned for Forsyth between Big Bend and Skinker?
    Dave Wrone had to step out for another meeting, so he asked me to grab his questions and he'll respond in a future chat.  Thanks!  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • West bound Watson Road just west of Watson Industrial Park in the right lane there is a spot in the road the keeps sinking. It seems like this spot has been patched maybe 2 times a year for the past coupe years. It has sunk again and needs to be patched again. Just wanted to point out that it keeps sinking in case there could be a more permanent solution.
  • I've passed it along to our maintenance crews to check into for repairs and evaluate it for a more permanent repair.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Our traffic engineer will check out the timing as well as the need to maintain left turns only on green arrow.
  • Southbound Grand at Powell Hall has a left turn on signal only at that intersection, which seems to be ill-timed, perhaps even unnecessary. NB oncoming traffic is often absent entirely for a long period of time, causing drivers farther back to honk their horns because the wait to turn left seems excessive and the sign is not visible except to the lead car.
  • STL City - It seems something was done to the light timing at Forest Park & Vandeventer. WB & EB Forest Park green times seem to have been shortened. This causes a pretty big back up during peak times. Even an extra 5-10 seconds would help a lot.
  • Our traffic engineer will verify, but I don't believe any changes were made at this location recently.  We'll see if the equipment is malfunctioning.
  • I notice increasing number of people begging at what seem like almost every major intersection around. In addition to tying up traffic, I have seen other motorist become extremely agitated towards those that stop to give money.. Shouldn't this be treated as a safety issue? I can't imagine the Police allowing my car to sit idle in the middle of 270 for very long.
  • That would be an issue for either the municipality that the intersection is in, and the appropriate law enforcement organization that handles that municipality.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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