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
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 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
We should grind it a little smoother when the rest of the bridge is complete. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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
Thanks for the additional information -- I have shared it with our signal experts. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
I have asked our traffic engineers to take a look and see what, if anything, they were able to do. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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