Ask the Road Crew

There's probably no secret shortcut for your daily commute, but the Road Crew can offer other help with information about construction, roundabouts and much more in the weekly chat on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. Join our experts from MoDOT, St. Louis and St Louis County.

    A couple of notes before we get started: St. Louis County PD is planning to close one lane in each direction on Gravois in Affton tonight between 4-9 p.m. for the visitation for Officer Blake Snyder. Drivers who use that stretch of Gravois for their evening commute may want to consider an alternate route.
    Also, tomorrow, St. Louis County Police and Chesterfield Police will close several St. Louis roadways Thursday, October 13, as a part of the funeral procession for Officer Blake Snyder. Portions of Interstates 64 and 270, as well as Route 367 in Missouri could be closed for up to a half hour between noon and 2 p.m. for the funeral procession. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    This comment regards the left turn signal from WB Lafayette to the SB I55 ramp at Truman Parkway. During off peak times the left turn cycle is too short: only four cars will get through per cycle, even less if someone is not paying attention. It's annoying when, around lunch, you're number 12 in line and have wait for three cycles to get to the interstate. Meanwhile, the very light and sometimes nonexistent through traffic on Lafayette has loads more green time. As opposed to adjusting the signal timing, you could make this movement a yielding left turn since it does meet MODOT's super conservative policy of turning across two or less lanes of traffic--the line of sight extends past Mississippi Avenue so that isn't an issue either. Please help move traffic from WB Lafayette to SB I55. Thanks.
    The light for NB McCausland on the SE corner was facing the wrong way Saturday. Forgot to report it earlier so I don't know if it's still an issue, but thought I should say something today! Thanks.
    Southbound Lindbergh Blvd at the on ramp to westbound 44, because of the DO NOT DRIVE ON SHOULDER igns, many motorists that could easily enter the ramp are stuck behind vehicles going straight through the signal. Could that southbound right turn lane please be extended to allow cars further back move into this lane to exit 44.
    I have an issue with the Hampton SB light at Oakland. The light on the island is a 5 light signal; a yielding arrow configuration. However, it seems to be operating like a dedicated signal. If SB Hampton has a green but the arrow is off, the lights conflict, as seen in google street view (https://goo.gl/maps/SniDH9iQCnH2). You can't have this! It's confusing for drivers whether they can go or not depending on the signal they see and it doesn't tell a driver whether they can turn left on a red or not. I have never seen this before and if I drove the area more often, I would have brought it up sooner as I'm sure it's existed since I-64 was redone. Can you do something about it? Thanks!
    Traffic detection questions for the city:
    How much longer do we have to wait for the equipment on order for proper detection at Lansdowne and River Des Pere?
    Should 1900 Hampton be getting a signal at 11pm on a Sunday night? After it got a green signal, for no cars, SB Hampton got a green arrow into 1900 Hampton, for no cars.
    Hampton at Arsenal. Again, at 11pm, Arsenal got a green in both directions (first WB, then EB) for no cars waiting.
    If those intersections have detection, they're seemingly broken. Can you please take a look if so? Thank you!
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