Last week, one of the chat participants asked: One last question about the 141 exit from WB I-44...are the signals there temporary? The right turn has two turn lanes and two signals, but the color of the signal isn't visible until you nearly make the turn and would have to stop for traffic. This is due to the position of the signal and the filter to direct the signal just to turning traffic. I don't think I've seen a signal that gives no advance notice of the color. If cars have a green, why not show them so they can make their turn without stopping?
Thanks for the question. In this situation, the signals are not temporary, but the current traffic pattern is temporary during the remaining construction. Crews are still building the two loop ramps and the flyover ramp for the project. Once the westbound I-44 to southbound Route 141 loop ramp and the connecting bridge are completed and open, there will be one lane on southbound Route 141 for through traffic and left turns and two lanes for right turns. Until construction is complete, the left lane is for left turns, the center lane is shared left/through/right and the right lane is for right turns. The filter is there to prevent northbound Route 141 drivers from seeing the signal for the westbound traffic and getting confused. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have passed this along to our maintenance team to take a look at these and start the process to get them repaired. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The far right lane on I-270 is concrete -- the resurfacing treatment is asphalt. We don't usually place asphalt on top of concrete. If there are potholes in the concrete, we will patch them. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have passed this along to our traffic team to check out the timing. However, if people are crowding or blocking the intersection, you would need to share that with local law enforcement -- they would be the ones enforcing the law not to block intersections. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
It very well may be -- we are not experts in law enforcement techniques. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
The City of Charlack maintains Bristow Avenue, so you'll need to contact that community's Department of Public Works for information about the sign. Charlack's main number is 314-427-4715. David Wrone, St. Louis County
We have to balance the cost of the project, the impact to the driving public and residents, and the amount of time that the project takes. In this case, we are trying to limit the impact to the driving public and residents, and have a reasonable cost to complete the project. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
Since your comment is very generic, I can neither confirm nor deny it. That being said, although the lanes are narrowed, there are three lanes in each direction -- one less than normal. In addition, the speed limit through the work zone has been lowered to address both the reduced lane width, the shift onto eastbound I-44 and the reduced lane. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have passed it along to our traffic team to check out. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communcdations
The "Right Turn Signal" sign is to help inform drivers that the right lane (adjacent to curb) only allows a right turn movement from it. I believe there are two westbound lanes on the east side of the intersection feeding one receiving lane on the west side of the intersection - therefore one lane must only operate as right turn lane. Right turns on red are only restricted by signs stating "No Turn on Red". In addition, at that location when the Loop Trolley passes through, a LED sign will display a "No Turn on Red" message for that movement to restrict its movement at that time. It goes away when no conflict present (versus having a static sign prohibiting this movement all day).
I have asked our team overseeing the construction project to take a look at this and see what, if anything, may be done. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications