A couple of follow-ups from questions from MetroWest last week. I talked with our maintenance team that oversees Route 50 along the Gasconade River. They are unaware of any scenic overlook on the route. If you have more details that you can provide about where it was, we may be able to dig further into it. MetroWest also asked about new locomotives and coaches for the Missouri River Runner. Currently the new locomotives are undergoing testing, and we expect Amtrak to start using them next year. We do not have any new information on when the coaches might be delivered. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
We appreciate the kudos -- I've passed them along to the individuals involved! Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have notified our streets crews to field check - thanks!
Because it is the law – Missouri is a share the road state – that means that cyclists have the choice to use the roadway, even if there is a bike lane. They have the right to be treated as any other vehicle on the road.
There is a huge difference in the potential damage that a car and a cyclist can cause – and there is a vast difference in the age one can be to operate a bicycle or a car.
We understand that we have cyclists with different levels of skills, and cyclists who may be more vocal or aggressive on the roadway – you have the same varied experience levels and aggressiveness in cars.
You would have to discuss with the various law enforcement agencies about their enforcement of the traffic laws on cyclists. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Iris, in reference to your question about cyclists who use 'shared' (motor vehicle and bike) lanes when a bike lane is available: a difference of opinion exists in the bike-riding community about the advisability of cycling on dedicated bike lanes. Some bicycling enthusiasts maintain that they're safer using a regular (non-dedicated) lane. Others, however, prefer lanes restricted solely to bicycle traffic. David Wrone, St. Louis County
Last we heard it was scheduled for a September completion. I have an inquiry in on whether this has changed. Will share once I hear back.
First of all, many of the adults who are cyclists already have a driver's licenses and carry insurance. Secondly -- the potential damage that a cyclist can do is vastly different than that of a car -- the cyclist (and their bike) weighs maybe 275 pounds -- a vehicle weighs nearly 10 times that. A cyclist will travel at 15-20 mph. Cars travel much faster. If a cyclist gets into a crash (that they cause), they will most likely do little damage to anything but themselves and their bike. If a driver gets into a crash, it can have serious results... Any rationale to require licensing for cyclists would have to be determined and debated by state legislators. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Update on the Metro retaining wall project:
The new wall is approximately 40% complete. It should be 90%+ by the end of July. Targeting the end of July or the beginning of August to begin the roadwork. Current schedule has the project finishing in the first week of October.
Hello, Frank. I'll make sure our Operations division repairs the damaged street sign. You'll need to contact Ameren at 1-800-552-7583 to report the disabled street light. Thanks. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I understand -- we all need to ensure that we remain alert, avoid distractions and watch out for all other roadway users (whether they have wheels or shoes) when we are on the roadway. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications