Ask the Road Crew

Is driving downtown driving you crazy? Maybe you've got the I-270 blues? Ask our experts from MoDot, St. Louis and St. Louis County all your commuting questions during the weekly Road Crew chat on Wednesday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

  • 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.
  • Any long or short term plans to repave Hampton Ave between 64 and Arsenal? It's one of the roughest, most heavily traveled roads in the area and has been given the temporary patch treatment for years.
  • 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.
  • The left turn on to Wilson from southbound Hampton is supposed to be turn only on green arrow, but a lot of drivers either miss or intentionally ignore the sig. Is there any way that the sign could be enhanced like moving it outboard of the signal, using a larger or lighted sign, etc...
    On another note, I know Missouri will never pass a law requiring a police presence in an active work zone like a lot of states have, but could large signs for increased penalties, out of service police vehicles or even cardboard cut outs of police offices (I've see all of these in other parts of the country) be used along the work zones on 44 - it's scary how drivers are speeding through those areas when workers are present. Thanks...
  • 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.
  • Quick note before my questions about others who "don't see cyclists in the bike lanes". I'm there, everyday! Chouteau, Arsenal, Tower Grove, Chippewa streets, and more. Please keep your eyes open for me and my friends, we're there! Thanks for those lanes. As a driver and a cyclist, I like them.

    Now my questions. Who is responsible for re-painting Barnes Jewish Plaza between Kingshwy and Euclid? After some recent repairs, it wasn't restriped. Right now it's hard to tell if the east or west bound lanes are single or double, the yellow and white lines are reversed and during busy times it gets random.

    And on at the top of the exit from eastbound I-64 to Jefferson -- sometimes when the southbound Jefferson lane backs up cars will make a right turn to go south from the northbound ramp lanes. Is this OK to do? I keep seeing it so not sure.

    And is there any way to reinforce the No Right On Red from southbound Grand to westbound Arsenal, or the need for cars to stop before the pedestrian crossing? I cross that a few times a day as a cyclist, runner, and/or dog walker and quite often me and other pedestrians dash out of the way of a car that drifts into the ped crossing with a driver looking left instead to see if they can just Yield instead of Stop.

  • 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
  • It looks like the westbound portion of the 64 extra lane project is almost entirely paved. Is there a timeline on when the new lane from 270 to 141 will be opened? Are you waiting to open until the pavement overlay for the entire length of the project is complete? Thanks!
  • 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
  • Could you please put in a request to the contractor doing the I-70 Westbound Construction from 5th Street to Zumbehl to put up more "50/55 MPH" signs? The only speed limit signs I saw are at the very beginning and people start speeding up past 5th street. It's unsafe for those us who are going the work zone speed limit the length of construction. Thanks!
    by Meghan Guilford edited by andrew.gates 4/27/2016 5:46:00 PM
  • I will pass it along to the team working on the 5th Street project. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I thought the lights at Lindbergh and Chaminade were fixed but last night I was stopped twice. I turned from Ladue Rd. and could see the light was already red. It didn't change until I was already stopped. This was at 8:50 pm. On my return trip at 10:15 pm the same thing happened but I was heading North. Could they be out of sync again?
  • 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 see water on the road everyday at 10520 Old Olive. Is there a broken pipe there?
  • 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
  • Any updates on the status of the Eatherton Road closure between Centaur and Wild Horse Creek Road in Chesterfield? Just wondering when it might open again. Thanks.
  • I see that Hwy 94 East in Warren County is getting a little, and i do mean little wider. Why not increase the width of the shoulders to 6-8 feet now and save lives and future increased cost now? Is MoDOT not thinking ahead? Also why was just a pile of rock poured on the slope failure there? That's not going to hold squat. Beams/wall bury'ed into ground looked like that would be better options. Beginning to think rural areas getting short shaft from MoDOT.
  • 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
  • Do you have a rendition of what Musick and Gravois will look like when completed? If so, can it be uploaded onto MoDOT's website?
  • 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
  • This is for David Wrone. Since late December's heavy rains, Eatherton Road has been closed between Wild Horse Creek and Centaur Roads. The pavement edge patchng has been done with asphalt for quite some time. One small slide was cleaned up and an 18" CMP placed in the ditch and covered with clean rock. For some reason, the other slide near the subdivision entrance has been left alone and Eatherton road has remained closed. This inconveniences thousands of people who use Hwy. 109 to get to the mall or head west on I-64 or east on Chesterfield Airport Road. I am a retired highway contractor and know that with a small rubber tired backhoe and one dump truck, this could have been cleaned up in less than four hours. Why in the world have you been making people take the narrow, curvy Wild Horse Creek detour for over four months?
  • We will adjust the signal timing at 14th and Spruce. Pedestrians are still present, entering and exiting the Metro Link stop.
  • Metro has closed the Civic Center Transit Center while it's being rebuilt. Can the City look at the signal at Spruce and 14th and adjusting the timing accordingly since buses and the associated pedestrians are not present in that area at this time? It could be a good time to revisit the no right on red signs as well.
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