The project on westbound I-44/southbound I-55 is to complete preventative maintenance on the bridge over 3rd Street. The project isn't complete, but we opened the roadway during the winter in an effort to help keep traffic moving while crews were unlikely to be working on the construction (due to cold, or wintry weather). A part of the job is removing and replacing expansion joints on the bridge (which helps the bridge expand and contract as the temperatures change). When they replace those joints, they have to pour concrete around the joint to hold it in - that is often not entirely level with the existing concrete. We will have additional work on that bridge starting about mid-March. When the project is done later this year, the driving surface should be much improved. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
In addition to public complaints on suspected failing vehicle detection locations, we are evaluating the arterials to determine first what locations have detection installed and secondly if it is working properly. After that our actions are to fix what isn't working correctly or replace with new hardware as necessary. At the time they were initially installed they were operating correctly, but conditions change due to a multitude of conditions including but not limited to weather issues like lightning, freeze/thaw,vehicular crashes into light poles that serve as the mount for the wireless receiver to communicate with the detection in-street, or internal signal cabinet malfunctions with detection interface to the controllers.
SLMPD compile crash reports and report them to the state as well as provide copies to the Street Department. This information is referenced for a number of day-to-day decision-making efforts at the Street Department including things like stop sign requests and corridor safety projects.
There is vehicle detection on Hampton in some locations and we are already evaluating our arterials to determine the health of such equipment in order to repair or replace as needed. We are working with MoDOT to provide and maintain signal the appropriate level of signal progression on Hampton between I-64 and I-44. In regards to flashing the signals, we are currently more comfortable continuing to operate them as normal versus flashing due to Hampton being a primary arterial with wide roadway approaches and significant traffic volumes throughout the day.
We will check the condition out you described and see where the re-striping is in our queue of work to be performed. Thanks!
In recent years we have seen a great number of efforts underway downtown that require lane closures for construction purposes. In addition to the projects such as the new archgrounds , Kiener Plaza, Soldiers Memorial, and Washington Streetscape there are electric and gas utility upgrades occurring all over the downtown. Not to mention smaller scale projects that also require temporary lane closures. All of these efforts are necessary and sorely needed so the City works hard to coordinate the timing of lane closures with the contractors carefully as not to grid-lock the transportation network but also provide an opportunity to complete the work. That said, it is unavoidable to mitigate the impact of these closures completely or even nearly at times depending on locations and the work required at them. We have been and will continue to do our best to provide the appropriate amount of open lanes and proper signal timing to get folks around the downtown the best we can while allowing this critical work to occur.
Paint really won't keep people from merging over early, and pylons on interstates are unsafe and interfere with snow removal. You are right, though -- there is plenty of room for traffic to merge into (or out of) the flow of traffic along both southbound ramps. Drivers need to be polite and follow appropriate merging practices. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
There is a yield sign in the right hand lane and a right turn signal in the left hand lane of the ramp from westbound I-44 to northbound 141. Both of those should indicate that drivers need to stop and look. If drivers are not obeying the sign or signal, as appropriate, you should notify law enforcement.I have asked our construction team to double-check the signing there. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
This is certainly a common occurrence for those traveling this area of Hampton. The problem seems to be more that people are jockeying around the queued traffic by cutting over at the last second to the southbound through lane rather than the fact they are surprised that the lane ends as a right turn only and are wanting to get out of it. We will look at any options besides the signage and striping that we currently have out there to alleviate this issue.
Building a barrier, as you suggest, even if we had the funds, would not change driver behavior. Drivers would follow the barrier to its end and then merge in (in less space then they currently have). It would just move the problem to the end of the barrier. Drivers should merge correctly -- they need to get to speed and merge over in the breaks in the traffic. However, drivers in the through lanes also need to watch for traffic on the ramps and let them merge in. Andrew Gates, MoDOT CoOmmunications
There is a lot of activity in a short distance -- you have two ramps exiting the city grid, two more lanes exiting the bridge and a lot of people jockeying for position to get onto the interstates. We have signs up on westbound I-44 through the city to encourage people to get into the left lane for I-55 and the right lane for I-44. I have asked our traffic team to look at this and see if there are any other improvements or suggestions they have. If you are waiting 15 minutes on city streets, you might want to consider getting onto the interstate from Lafayette, or Tucker to Gravois. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
You're correct, but we're doing our best to fix them - thanks for the heads up on these locations!
Typically, developers are mainly concerned about traffic on the roadways directly around their property. We do comment on proposals that we see have an impact on our road system -- and encourage municipalities to think beyond the narrow box around the development when working with developers moving into their communities. At this point, we have no further plans or funding to make any more improvements in that area of Page. We will, of course, continue to monitor the signal timing and make adjustments as needed to get as much traffic moving along Page as we can. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications