A couple of items from last week. One question dealt with the length of time that the project on the Lafayette Exchange was taking in Jefferson City. I heard back from the team there and this is what they shared: " There are a couple of reasons why the Lafayette Street Interchange project is taking as long as the I-64 project. The I-64 project was built as a design-build project, meaning the design and construction phases were combined into one contract to save time and money. By law, MoDOT is allowed to only use design-build on a certain percentage of projects. In addition, the I-64 project was not built under traffic. This has a huge impact on how quickly a project can be delivered. I-64 was closed to traffic during total reconstruction, whereas, the Lafayette Interchange and 50/63 expressway improvements are being constructed under traffic. This greatly limits what work can be done, when that work can be done, and how that work can be done. However, closing a route to traffic is not always a feasible or a viable option. Therefore, roadway improvements must be performed under traffic which can considerably lengthen the project." Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Also, Mike from the O asked about a "No right turn on red" sign for Route 364 at Route K. There is currently a "Right Turn on Red after Stop" sign at that location. If people are making the turn onto K from Route 364 without paying attention to that sign (i.e. stopping and waiting for a hole in the traffic), that is an issue for law enforcement. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Getting arterials paved is a high priority City. We have made several attempts at funding, federal grants, state amendments, and we will continue our efforts.
I will have one of our traffic engineers check the visibility of the left only on arrow sign at Hampton and Wilson and enhanced or supplemented if needed and defer to MoDOT about your concern about I-44 construction.
We will contact the water department and work with them on restriping Barnes Jewish Plaza Dr. I will forward to the police your observations about I-64 & Jefferson and Grand & Arsenal.
Casestudy: We do work with law enforcement to provide presence in our work zones. Often times, because of budgets, it requires us to pay the law enforcement organization. We do have several signs up, including our overhead message boards that share information about the increased fines and loss of license for hitting a worker. I have passed your thoughts along about having unoccupied (or mock) police presence -- my initial thoughts would be that would require a certain amount of work to continue to move the vehicle -- and it might only be effective up to the point when people realize that they are not being stopped by the law enforcement. If you notice people violating speed limits, please feel free to contact law enforcement and share it with them. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We do have an overlay on the westbound portion of the project that should start about the second week of May. Our crews have to remove and replace some of the older asphalt before that overlay starts. We will be opening up lanes as the overlay goes in. We can't open it sooner, since there is some drainage that is sticking up about three inches (that should be at the road level when the overlay is complete). Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I will pass it along to the team working on the 5th Street project. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
They are not timed at all hours. At night, the signals detect traffic and change the signals as appropriate However, Lindbergh should be green most of the time. We'll take a look at the signals to see if there is a problem with the detection. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I believe we have shared this with Missouri American Water before, but we'll double check and poke them again. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We're still working toward a late May/early June date for re-opening S. Eatherton. We've received contractors' bids on our project to stabilize the collapsed hill, which we're now in the process of reviewing. Once we've selected a successful bidder and the contract is approved, work will begin. David Wrone, St. Louis County
This is a little out of our area, so I have asked the people who are overseeing this work to see if they can shed some light on your concerns. If I hear back from them I will share what I have found out. If it isn't this week, it should be next week. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Last week, a reader asked about our paving schedule for Brentwood Boulevard, from just south of Manchester north to Eager Road. Our contractor began paving operations earlier this week, and we expect for that phase of work to conclude by the end of May. Much of this work is being done at night, to minimize its adverse effect on traffic flow. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I don't have an artist's/design rendering to share, unfortunately. However, our project - which is scheduled to begin next year - will add a dedicated left turn lane from westbound Gravois onto Musick. This will greatly ease 'stacking' issues currently encountered on Gravois, east of Musick, when left turning motorists on Gravois must wait for oncoming traffic to clear. We'll also be building dedicated 'left' and "right' turn lanes from Musick onto Gravois. (All motorists currently have to use the same lane, whether they're going to go west or east out of Musick.) David Wrone, St. Louis County
S. Eatherton remains closed because we're extremely concerned about the potential for additional failures of the hill you reference. In such a scenario, large quantities of earth could very well topple onto the pavement - into which an unsuspecting driver could collide. We understand your frustration with the situation, but in our professional opinion, this is a life-safety issue that requires a substantive 'fix.' We recently received bids on a project designed to stabilize the hill, and are currently reviewing them. Once a contractor has been chosen, and a contract awarded and signed, work will begin. We are still optimistic that S. Eatherton will be reopened by late May or early June. David Wrone, St. Louis County
We will adjust the signal timing at 14th and Spruce. Pedestrians are still present, entering and exiting the Metro Link stop.