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If you're looking for the fastest route from here to there in the St. Louis area, the Road Crew experts from MoDOT, St. Louis and St. Louis County can help. Join the weekly chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, to get all your commuting questions answered.

    Depending on the mix, it can take from four hours to seven days for concrete to gain strength (when we patch our concrete roads, we can normally put traffic back on the road in four hours.) Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I'll forward this to our Operations Division immediately. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    We are seeing more traffic on I-64 this spring. It could be because some people are choosing to use I-64 to avoid the bridge maintenance on I-44 this year. It does clog up because people often don't merge correctly during congestion (merge like a zipper -- first one lane and then the other). We currently have no plans to make any changes here. It would get very costly due to the bridge work needed and obtaining the needed right of way. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I spoke with the team overseeing the Great Streets project -- all the manholes have been adjusted to their final position on the project. The manholes you reference are all less than 1/2 inch deep and meet the specifications for utility covers within the roadway. There are no plans to make further adjustments. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    For the city, on Northbound Hampton at Reber Place, vehicles making a left turn always seem to end up stopped half in/half out of the traffic lanes because there's no designated left turn area. Can the road be restriped to allow left turning traffic a place to wait, or if there's not enough room, change it to a no left turn since there's plenty of opportunity to make a left at the signals at Columbia and Southwest. Thanks for holding this sessions.
    Can someone please look at the stoplight sequence at Olive and 270 in the morning (starting around 7:20 am through morning rush hour)? Traffic from the southbound 270 off ramp to eastbound Olive, especially the left lane, backs up into the Olive-270 intersection, blocking the road. This is because when this off ramp has a green light the next light east at Center Pkwy is red, and the cars have nowhere to go. When eastbound Olive at 270 then gets a green light the cars cannot enter the intersection because it is blocked by cars that piled up from the 270 ramp. Sometimes only 4-5 cars get through in the left lane on a single light cycle. This then backs up Olive far to west, often to Tempo and occasionally as far west as Mason. Further complicating matters, the left turn lane from eastbound Olive to northbound New Ballas turns green too late in the cycle. Cars in the turn bay backup into the lefthand through lane on eastbound Olive, and then there is only one lane of traffic left to go through New Ballas, further causing a backup. At a minimum, you need to shorten the light from southbound 270 to eastbound Olive and give eastbound Olive more time to account for the blocked intersection.
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