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  • How long will the construction on the 44 near Hampton/Sublette/Kingshighway last? And curious why that is being done at the same time as the Grand Bridge? Why not have done Hampton/Sublette/Kingshighway when you did Laclede Station Road? It seems like a lot of construction going on in the same vicinity... The Kingshighway Bridge is also part of this mess.
  • The work on the I-44 bridges will continue through fall. And you're right --there is a lot of construction in the safe area -- we have several bridges on I-44 that are nearly 50 years old and need work to ensure they remain safe and operational. There is a lot of work necessary on the I-44 corridor. We schedule projects to manage (and reduce) the overall impact and have to balance that with the time it takes and the cost of the project. We know that rush period can be a bit hairy with one lane closed along I-44, but once you start removing the driving surface from the bridge, it isn't safe to have vehicles drive on it. Unfortunately, we will have a few more years of construction along the I-44 corridor to address the needed repairs and renovations. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Is there an estimate of when the construction on WB I-64 between 270 & 141 will be complete?
  • That will be complete later this year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Not trying to be snarky, but that's not a very useful answer.

    Considering that the last of the major concrete pours seem to have been completed within the last few days, I find it hard to believe the work on the WB side should take more than another month or so.

    Could be a little more specific?
  • Most of the pavement is in, but there are still some small areas that need to be finished -- some shoulder work and the like. We are anticipating putting the new surface on starting in early May -- that will take about a month and a half or so (depending on how the weather cooperates). Once that is complete, we'll have to do the new striping. All in all, weather permitting, we are looking at mid to late summer. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I will have our signal group look at Columbia and Hampton and contact MoDOT about the intersection.
  • With the Southwest Avenue onramp to EB 44 closed for construction, people are pushed to the posted detour of Columbia to Hampton then NB Hampton to 44. However, with the increased traffic, the light timing at EB Columbia has not been increased. With oncoming WB Columbia traffic frequently blocking a left turn at the intersection, I waited through two cycles of the LONG light (that favors Hampton traffic) to finally make the left to NB Hampton. So, can 1) the Columbia light be extended some additional seconds, or 2) can the light be split into dedicated WB and EB segments so turns are not thwarted by oncoming traffic? That intersection has ALWAYS been a turn problem, but now exacerbated.
  • I will have a signal electrician contact the contractor and their traffic consultant to resolve the signal problem at Kingshighway and Shaw.
  • While I realize large-scale construction and improvements are underway at the intersection of Kingshighway and Shaw, the traffic lights are a complete mess, particularly the light at Kingshighway and Shaw. This light is completely out-of-sync and causes gridlock in both directions. While the light at Kingshighway and Shaw is red, the others, both north and southbound are green, however, no one can move forward due to this unsynchronized light. Thanks for your help.
  • In the mornings (between 8:00 and 8:45) the northbound Compton traffic at Chouteau constantly backs up. Often people sit at multiple red lights to head north and no one is coming from another direction. With Grand to close soon, can you look at this intersection and see if signal length can be adjusted to accommodate the current and soon-to-be increased traffic? Thanks.
  • We'll take a look at it during the morning rush period to see if we can make some adjustments. We will be monitoring (and adjusting) that signal during the Grand bridge project as a part of managing the detour routes, Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Hi, Since the opening of the new County Library at Gravois and Musick, large lines have been forming to turn from WB Gravois onto SB Musick. The arrow there only allows 2-3 cars through. It is near the top of a blind hill and turning on green can be hazardous. Would it be possible to extend the green arrow so that more cars can be allowed to turn left safely? Thanks!
  • What time are you seeing the issue on Gravois -- during morning or evening rush or generally during the day? Andrew Gates, MoDOT COmmunications
  • Hi... I was wondering if the signal timing has changed on Vandeventer at I-44 recently. Traveling SB on Vandeventer in the afternoon, since the re-route changes for the Kingshighway issue, the lights will turn green at McRee, green at the WB 44 entrance, and green with a green left arrow onto EB 44. This allows a lot of traffic on SB Vandeventer enter the highway EB and WB quickly. Last week, or so, all of the sudden, the light goes green at McRee, at WB 44 and EB 44, but there is no arrow. This has led to backups about 1/4 mile beyond Tower Grove. The arrow is now last instead of first. This has really really backed things up there. Can this be reviewed, and if necessary shifted back so that the first thing that happens is traffic is allowed onto EB 44 with the arrow? It took me 20 minutes to get from Tower Grove onto EB 44 at 4pm last week. Thanks!
  • We changed out equipment there last week and then discovered a problem with the signal programming. We'll double check to make sure it is fixed correctly. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • We're currently pursuing alternative funding to resurface this section of Clayton Road. If we're successful in our pursuit of the state and federal financing necessary to pay for the job, we've established (tentatively) a '19/'20 timetable for work to begin. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Are there plans to re-pave the small portion of Clayton Rd in Wildwood between 109 and Westglen Farms? There are several potholes and the pavement is really deteriorating causing a rocky drive due to previous patch jobs.
  • Could something be done about the pot holes in the lane shift on west bound 44 between Hampton and arsenal. The fast lane is loaded with holes and it has only be a week.
    by don in eureka edited by andrew.gates 3/23/2016 5:32:44 PM
  • I have passed it on to the team working on that project. I'm told they are currently working on fixing them now. You can always call in potholes to our customer service team 24/7 at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (or 314) 275-1500. Thanks! Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I'm sorry... I forgot to specify. This would be weekdays in the afternoon. Around 4:30pm.
  • @andrew.gates The backup is around 4:30 pm on weekdays. I have not driven there at other times to know.
  • Thanks -- I have passed it along - our engineers will check to see what they can do. There's a lot of through traffic on Gravois, so adding more turn time takes it away from the time for that traffic. The county does have a project in that area this summer to make some lane improvements. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • A long stretch of 1-44 is restricted due to construction, but very little construction is occurring. Why restrict such a long portion of the highway when only a one bridge is being worked on at any one time?
  • There will be more bridges worked on along the corridor, but you have to stage the work so that different tasks are going on at different times. You'll start on one bridge and complete a set number of tasks (such as removing the driving surface, then move to the next bridge to do that same task, while starting a new set of tasks (such as pavement repairs) on the first bridge. You would have to have significantly more equipment available to do the work otherwise. Since they have only been on the project for a little more than a week, they haven't moved into the next stage. MoDOT Communications
  • Regarding the Grand Blvd bridge over I-44: will the sidewalks be separated from traffic by any barriers? If so, it would be great if the bike lanes could be placed behind the same barriers. Debris can't build up in the bike lanes if they're separated from the roadway by a curb or other barrier.
  • No, the only barrier between the sidewalks and traffic will be the curb. We have no plans to place the bike lane behind the curb -- primarily due to safety and that it wouldn't match the rest of the lanes on Grand. Andrew Gates, MoDOT CoOmmunications
  • Good morning! I have questions for MoDOT about the median cable barriers. We recently took a roadtrip down I-55 and noticed dozens of places where the cable barrier and/or the posts were demolished from cars/trucks driving into them. While I understand their importance with regard to helping prevent cross-over accidents, I have to wonder:

    1. How much was the initial cost to install these barriers?

    2. How much does it cost to repair cable barriers?

    3. How long does it take to get a cable-repair crew on the scene to repair them? (Some of these barriers have been damaged for months.)

    4. Understanding the value of a single human life is much greater than any monetary cost, have these barriers proven to be cost-effective? I'm talking in terms of property damage to vehicles in what could have been a minor veer off/veer back on incident, and in terms of repair/replacement of the barriers.

    5. Knowing MoDOT is always complaining about lack of funds - where are the funds for these repairs coming from?
  • Without specific information on where you saw the cable you reference, I can give you some general information. It costs about $60,000 to $100,000 per mile to install cable, and then about $6,000 to $12,000 per mile to maintain it (depending on how often it is struck). Unless we are doing a specific job, most of the work to repair cable is completed either by local forces or by an on-call contractor. The funding for that comes out of our maintenance funding. Interstate maintenance is one of the first things we budget for -- the interstate system generally has a greater number of vehicles than many of the other state roads. Using guard cable is cheaper than median barrier or guardrail, and it prevents about 90 percent of crossover crashes. If you have specific locations where cables have been struck, let us know and we will have someone take a look at them to see if there are needed repairs. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I've forwarded your pothole report to our Operations group. The Patterson Road issue may have to wait until next week for an answer, as my source is currently out of the office, working in the field this afternoon. But I'll post an answer ASAP. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Two things. First is a pothole alert. Intersection of Graham/Hanley and Dunn. Going south. Right by the turn lane and light to get unto Dunn. I only think about it when I run thru it ocassionally. Somebody could get a flat tire one of these days. Second, When are the Utility companies going to get Patterson Road back to first class condition since they tore it up and replaced waterlines, sewer lines and whatever else twice now within the last 3-6 months. This is just past the bend up by Lindbergh past Flowerama.
  • May be cost prohibitive right now, but are there any plans to eventually build a flyover ramp from WB 364 to SB I-270? Especially during morning rush, traffic gets very dicey where SB 270 traffic merges with EB Page Ave traffic with the current original cloverleaf configuration.
  • We are in very early stages of looking at possible improvements between westbound Route 364 and southbound I-270, but at this point, there has been no funding identified for the project. We know that it is a needed improvement. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I have forwarded your concern about Clayton/Skinker to our traffic Group.
  • If you are going south on Skinker/McCausland, when the light at Skinker and Clayton Rd turns green and you move forward, the left turn arrow at Skinker and Clayton Ave is always red. Couldn’t you delay that light from turning red until some of the southbound traffic goes through (even better, make it a flashing yellow)? For now, I always turn right on Clayton Rd, left on Clayton Ave, and always end up going east on Clayton Ave sooner than if I had waited for the left turn light.
  • I'll have information for you on this next week. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • With the new Menards project in Maplewood, the right turn lane from Bruno has been eliminated, meaning people trying to make a left from Strassner onto Hanley may only get 1 or 2 cars out per cycle, leading to backups almost to the metrolink overpass. When will the right turn lane be reopened, or will there at least be a left turn signal installed? It's pretty ridiculous (all hours of the day)
  • Our signal engineers are working with MoDOT to resolve this signal issue on Jefferson, will have resolution by next week.
  • Not trying to be snarky at all, just wanting an answer. Will you please give us a response?

    The signal at Lafayette on Jefferson needs to be better synced with the Interstate 44 signal. Currently, northbound during the morning rush hour, the signal at I-44 turns green. Immediately, the 15 second countdown timer starts at the Lafayette signal, which only allows 2 or 3 cars to pass before it turns red and causes a major cluster traffic jam. The countdown timer needs to start much later in the sequence of things - giving the green signal to Jefferson traffic much more time. Lafayette has very light traffic here typically. Please adjust the signal at Lafayette to be green as long as the signal at I-44 is green.
  • The signal at Lafayette on Jefferson needs to be better synced with the Interstate 44 signal. Currently, northbound during the morning rush hour, the signal at I-44 turns green. Immediately, the 15 second countdown timer starts at the Lafayette signal, which only allows 2 or 3 cars to pass before it turns red and causes a major cluster traffic jam. The countdown timer needs to start much later in the sequence of things - giving the green signal to Jefferson traffic much more time. Lafayette has very light traffic here typically. Please adjust the signal at Lafayette to be green as long as the signal at I-44 is green.
  • The signal at Lafayette on Jefferson needs to be better synced with the Interstate 44 signal. Currently, northbound during the morning rush hour, the signal at I-44 turns green. Immediately, the 15 second countdown timer starts at the Lafayette signal, which only allows 2 or 3 cars to pass before it turns red and causes a major cluster traffic jam. The countdown timer needs to start much later in the sequence of things - giving the green signal to Jefferson traffic much more time. Lafayette has very light traffic here typically. Please adjust the signal at Lafayette to be green as long as the signal at I-44 is green.
  • The pothole on Macklind will be patched.
  • I'm not sure if this is STLCC @ Forest Park's responsibility or Saint Louis City. There is a pothole in the street as it meets the driveway into the garage on Macklind just south of Oakland.
    Thanks
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