Ask the Road Crew

Schools are back in session, eclipse traffic is over and your commute can be as smooth as silk - ask our experts from MoDOT, St. Louis and St. Louis County all your questions. They can make getting around St. Louis that much easier. Join them at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

  • What is the expected completion date of the I44 W/I55 N/I70 merger downtown? Will both directions be completed at the same time?
  • No, both directions won't be completed at the same time. We should be done with southbound I-55/westbound I-44 soon. We have to complete the restriping for that portion, but need to schedule it to avoid poor weather and to avoid significant impacts to downtown events, because the roadway could be closed for a while to complete a clean restriping. The northbound I-55/eastbound I-44 portion will be is scheduled to be complete in December. We do expect to close the ramp from northbound I-55/eastbound I-44 to eastbound I-64 to cross the Poplar Street Bridge sometime in the next month or so. When we do so, it will be remain closed for about four and a half months. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I have two questions:

    1. What is the expected completion date on the bridge replacement on eastbound I-44
    over the BNSF tracks? And is the project on schedule to meet this date?

    2. The traffic lights on northbound Laclede Station/Hanley Rd. between I-44 and I-64 seem to no longer be synchronized during the morning rush hour. Is it possible to check the lights and fix them if necessary?

    Thank you
  • The I-44 bridge work on the westbound bridge is scheduled to be complete in December of this year. At that time, we will move westbound traffic back onto the westbound bridge and reopen the ramp at Shrewsbury. However, after winter (so in March 2018), we will do the same thing for the eastbound bridge -- narrow and shift lanes onto the new westbound bridge, and close the ramp at Shrewsbury. That will continue until December 2018. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I appreciate the flashing yellow lights when you are making a left hand turn, however it is frustrating if you are not ever given a green arrow. An example is the stoplight in the north and south direction of McKnight/Woodson and Olive. There is never a green arrow and more than once when there is a backup on 170 this intersection gets very crowded and often cycles a few times before you can make a left. I’m guessing traffic patterns are the determination for whether you get a green arrow, but is there a way to remedy this?
    Thank you.
  • I can pass this along, but it would be helpful if you can share what times you tend to see this backed up -- during morning rush, during evening rush, at lunch? We have to change timing on signals based on traffic patterns, so having this information can help our traffic engineers see if they can make any adjustments. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Is the refinished bridge on 55 north heading into the depressed section how it will actually be? Right now it feels like I'm driving on bricks.
  • We should grind it a little smoother when the rest of the bridge is complete. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • When will the ramp onto 55 at South 8th and Marion be open? Traffic is pushed north and ends up making a huge traffic backup south of Busch Stadium because the lights at Gratiot & 7th and Gratiot & 8th are out of sync.
  • That will reopen when we finish the work on northbound I-55/eastbound I-44. That's scheduled for December of this year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • In the follow up to flashing yellow lights at McKnight/Woodson and Olive, it is typically in the afternoon. 4-6pm.
    Thanks again.
  • Thanks for the additional information -- I have shared it with our signal experts. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I would also like to see a protected left hand turn from eastbound Olive onto Whisper Pines between 8:45-9:15 in the morning. Cars on Olive westbound turning onto Mason block the view on the westbound traffic and the line of sight is a very short distance. Thanks!
  • I have asked our traffic engineers to take a look and see what, if anything, they were able to do. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Road Crew - how was traffic on Monday before/during/after the eclipse. Did a lot of people take the leave early/leave later advice and were roads as expected or worse than expected?
  • I think we saw the heaviest traffic before the eclipse on Saturday as people from out of town were heading to their preferred viewing locations. We saw a little bit of a shift from Kansas City on Sunday as people realized that they might have rain/clouds that might have prevented their viewing. Southbound I-55 and westbound I-44 were fairly heavy, but steady, in the morning before the eclipse. After the eclipse was finished, we had fairly heavy traffic on northbound I-55 in Jefferson County and eastbound I-44 in Franklin County, as well as some slow going on other smaller state roads. From our standpoint, it was about what we expected with the anticipated extra traffic, but we also wanted to make sure we planned for the worst. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • EB 64 @ 14th St - 630AM - The information sign says "Lane Split Ahead, Rt 3 use right lane" but when you get to the PSB the left lane is in fact closed and there is no split. Why does the sign say this in the morning when the lane split doesn't occur until the PM rush?
  • It's simpler not to change the message during the time we have the left lane closed. It also helps remind drivers who go through here regularly that they need to stay in the right lane if they are heading to those exits immediately to the east of the bridge. You are correct that there is no left lane for them to get into weekdays from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. but changing the message means that it has to be updated every day, risks drivers getting confused if there is a communication outage to the board (or if someone doesn't change the board before opening the lanes). And, Illinois drivers heading to Route 3 still need to use the right lane -- they just don't have a choice when the left lane is closed across the bridge. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • I think this is for the state. There is a pot hole on Chippewa right in front of the donut shop where Watson meets Chippewa in the city. I know this isn't really the forum to report a pot hole but it did get me thinking. That section of Chippewa from Watson to River des Peres is sort of mess. Is there any plan to repave that section soon? It's really the far right hand lane as you're traveling westbound that is a mess. Thanks!
  • I will pass the information on the pothole on to our maintenance team. At this time, we don't have any plans to resurface Chippewa any time soon. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Are there any rules in Missouri either restricting or requiring the use of tire chains, when it snows? (I can't seem to find any.)
  • From what I was able to research, there are no specific rules on tire chains. We have them and use them, if it is necessary. Since they are inconvenient and have a specific impact on the vehicle, they do tend to self-regulate their use. There is, of course, a limit on using studded tires on Missouri roadways. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Just an observation - on I-44 near Shrewsbury, where the bridge work is happening, the changeable message signs say "semis use middle lane". This happens in the 4-lane part, where there are 2 middle lanes, so you have a 50/50 chance of guessing the correct lane!
  • We have traffic in three lanes crossing the bridge, which gives semi drivers a 100 percent chance of getting into the correct lane as they are crossing through the work zone. They can get into one of the two middle lanes and move over as they need to. If we put the sign in the three-lane section, it would be too close to the work zone for semi drivers to get over where they need to be. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Are traffic signals modified during construction? If so do you know if they are then re-modified after work has been completed. It seems after work has been completed there is still traffic seemingly caused by various signals being out a sync. Thank you
  • Yes, we do modify signals during construction, especially if the construction impacts lanes or turns. Once the project is over, the signals are set for the new traffic patterns, but sometimes that takes a little tweaking. If you have specific signals that you are concerned about, please share the signal, the time and the direction you are traveling. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • There is a spot on Gravois between Eddie and Park that was repaved but something happened and there was a hole dug and patched over and now is really ruff - it is in the west bound right hand lane
  • Sounds like a utility repair -- when they work on our roadway, they are required to replace the roadway in its original condition. Depending on the work, they may need to wait to make sure that the repair they made holds before they put the permanent roadway repair in place. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Our paving will be complete by the end of next week - and with it, the cessation of lane closures associated with that paving. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Re: Big Bend repaving between Laclede Station and Manchester. This is making getting around the Shrewsbury ramp closure even more troubling. When's the completion date for the Big Bend project and when can we expect street closures to end?
  • Is the eastbound ramp to the PSB scheduled to close anytime during the construction they are doing on and around the PSB?
  • If you are speaking about the ramp from eastbound I-44/northbound I-55 to eastbound I-64 (the Poplar Street Bridge), yes, we are planning to close that ramp in roughly a month, depending on how construction continues. When it closes, it will be closed for about four and a half months. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Get a jump on the infrastructure plan coming up! Since the interstate system began in St. Charles county it's only fitting that bringing I70, which is full of trucks, is in need of replacement should be the number 1 project for the Federal government. Also, rebuild highway 50 and turn it into an interstate. Every time I've suggested this you come up with lame excuses not to do it! It's time to start thinking big and making the state better, safer, and welcoming to the travelers. Just think of the commerce a new interstate, where highway 50 is now, would bring to our state. It would also go through our Capital city! Don't you think it is time to make assessments on closing down some of the highways with are little used? We have too many roads to maintain in Missouri!
  • Finding the funding to rebuild I-70 across Missouri remains one of our top priorities. On the other hand, we have no plans at this time to make any upgrades to Route 50. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • A Road Crew chat room participant recently posted this message: "I exited from EB 44 onto Murdoch / Laclede Station Rd on Sunday night at midnight. Myself and another driver sat and waited an extended period of time for ghost traffic. As his window was down, we both agreed this light should be set during off peak hours and weekends to be reactive to traffic versus a fixed program. This was reported previously last year but it appears more time and gas is being wasted." ST. LOUIS COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S REPLY: Subsequent to receiving your recent communication, our signals group inspected the traffic signal at the intersection of Laclede Station Road and I-44's eastbound off ramp/Wilshusen Avenue. The results of our inspection revealed that this signal is functioning properly and as programmed.

    Please be advised that the traffic signals on Laclede Station Road in the vicinity of I-44's eastbound off ramp/Wilshusen Avenue are coordinated at all times due to (1) the volume of traffic traveling along this major arterial roadway; (2) the number of traffic signals on this signal system; and (3) the close spacing of some of the traffic signals. In this particular case, the signalized intersection of Laclede Station Road and I-44's eastbound off ramp/Wilshusen Avenue is extremely close to the signalized intersections of Laclede Station Road and Murdoch Avenue, and Murdoch Avenue and Wilshusen Avenue.

    Typically, if we don't coordinate closely spaced traffic signals on major arterial roadways such as Laclede Station Road, motorists often ask why the signals are not synchronized, and express their frustration at having to stop at each signalized intersection they encounter whilst traveling on a higher volume roadway.

    We realize that to maintain signal coordination along Laclede Station Road, drivers on the side streets may often experience delays. This is considered a normal expectation for side street motorists. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Yesterday a MODOT sign said disabled vehicle right lane ahead at Hampton but it turns out the disabled vehicle was on the hampton exit ramp, and technically in the left lanes because it was heading into forest park.
  • It can sometimes be challenging to express specific information such as you indicated in the limited amount of space we have on the overhead boards. I will share your comment with our team to provide better information to the traveling public. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • We are currently in the design phase of a resurfacing project for Clayton Road, from St. Louis City limits west to the city limits of Ladue. Per our current schedule, construction on this job will begin sometime in the summer of 2018. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Is there a plan to resurface Clayton Rd. between Hanley and Big Bend?
  • I-44 & 141: When the intersection was being re-designed, why didn't the design include fixing the flooding problem under I-44? Because of access to the businesses in that area, or...?
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