Ask the Road Crew your construction and pothole questions, 1 p.m. Wednesday

Ask the Road Crew your construction and pothole questions, 1 p.m. Wednesday

Ask the experts from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis and St. Charles counties and St. Louis City your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

    Re Trash Question from last week. The area that got my attention was the entry area to NB 170 from Delmar, but trash seems to be everywhere on the side of the road on 170.

    Curious what the departments policy is on just bushes and other crap that gets close to highways. I've been getting out of town and see that in Illinois they have been doing some clear cutting of everything all the way to their fence lines. In the case of Delmar the trash is intertwined within these bushes and I get can be a pain to get out. Is there just a balance between how close highways are to homes and the thought to clear cut brush to control that growth?
    Thanks -- I have shared your observation on trash with our maintenance team.  As far as your other question, our major concern is sight distance (how far a driver can see) -- that is especially true in those areas where traffic is merging or turning onto a roadway.  Typically, once per year we mow all of our right of way (to cut down on bushes and the like) -- that can be challenging near fence lines where they have to get in by hand (which can take longer and is often overcome by other roadway priorities.  Bushes have little impact on reducing highway noise -- you would need about 100 feet of very dense trees to have a significant impact.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Hi there - for Mr. Wrone. I'm following up a follow up to a follow up. This is in regards to the very dangerous pedestrian safety situation at the Murdoch/I-44 intersection, at the WB I-44 entrance ramp. There is no pedestrian priority. You were looking into it and I haven't seen a follow up (sorry if I missed it but I think I've read all of the chats since). Can you provide an update? As a reminder, local residents are ready to help fund upgrades privately because it's so dangerous.
    Hello, Tony. We have met internally about this situation, and are still working to develop a feasible solution to it. (As you know, it's a complicated issue, involving multiple agencies and challenging traffic flow.) Please email me at dwrone@stlouisco.com, and I'll put you in direct contact with the point person/people from Transportation. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
    we'll check it out - thanks for the heads up
    Good afternoon. Thanks for having these weekly chats. On southbound Ellendale about 50 feet before you get to Manhattan St. there is a small depressed section on the roadway. Don’t know if the road is sinking or the beginning of a pothole.
    Thanks for checking into it.
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