Ask the Road Crew your road work questions

Ask the Road Crew your road work questions

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.

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    Last week, there were daytime right lane closures on EB I-44 near Kingshighway & Vandeventer.

    There was a sign saying "Right Lane Closed Ahead" before the closure but nothing to indicate that 2 right lanes were closed. The closure of the 2nd right lane came in an area you could not see in advance.

    Due to traffic being unwilling to yield to me, I had to stop in the 2nd right lane right at the closure and wait for a large enough opening in traffic to enter the open lanes once again.

    Please make sure your crews consider the sight lines / visibility leading up to where lanes are closed... it would have allowed me to merge into the remaining open lanes before I got stuck.
    Thanks for the detailed observation -- I have shared it with the construction team overseeing the work, and they will pass it along to the contractor.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I know this comment is not road related but perhaps you can point me in the right direction.
    There is a used car dealer at the intersection of Page and Hanley that they put numerous cars for sale on the sidewalk. There is no way a pedestrian can use the sidewalk. He/she would need to go into the street where there is traffic to go around the cars and then back onto the sidewalk.
    I hope nothing terrible happens because the dealer is blocking the sidewalk.
    Who would I talk to or send an email to?

    Thanks!
    If they are encroaching on a public sidewalk, I might start with the municipality police department.  They tend to be the right organization for enforcement/public safety issues.  I believe that is a small portion of Vinita Park.  You might also check with the municipality.  I have shared it with our team in that area in case they are aware of any additional issues, and so they can watch for it in the future if they are in that area.  If they are only on the Page Avenue sidewalk, you  can also let our customer service team know (1-888-275-6636) or 314-275-1500 and we can ask our area team to give the dealership a call.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    In last week's chat, a motorist asked about potentially malfunctioning signals on Graham Road, between Lindbergh and I-270. Per the driver, several signals are cycling for traffic when no traffic is present. I checked with our signals group and was informed that the culprits responsible for this phenomenon are damaged loop detectors - pavement-imbedded devices that "sense" when vehicles are present at a particular intersection and which activate a signal's cycling system. Many of Graham Road's loop detectors have been damaged during our ongoing improvement project on the road, and will be replaced once work is complete next spring/early summer. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
    Hello, I think the new bridges and the repaved I-44 from Grand west to Kingshighway are great. Even under some of the bridges like Vandeventer and Kingshighway were repaved as well as the entrance ramps. Question, and I'll use Kingshighway westbound ramp as an example.. why all the weeds and the overgrown voluntary trees?? Couldn't the state put down some weed killer? It really detracts from the beauty of the new ramps, bridges, and pavement. My guess is the same thing will happen when Jefferson is finished... nice, new, but weeds and overgrown trees. Weed killer can't be that expensive.

    Next, for the City... there is a huge pothole at 59th & Aresnal street. It is across from The Hideaway Lounge at the southeast corner. I've reported it through the Citizen's Bureau but nothing has happened to fill it in. That little intersection gets a lot of traffic because of the bar.

    Thank you!
    A lot of that depends on exactly where the right of way lines are.  MoDOT typically mows grass along the interstates about four or five times over the course of a growing season.  We have roughly 6,000 miles of shoulder in the greater St. Louis area alone that we maintain.  Our main concern (although not our only one) is making sure that drivers are able to see when entering or exiting the interstates for that mowing.  Once at year, at the end of the growing season, we do a full mow out to the edge of our right of way (to take down all the brush and small trees that started over the year.  There are several reasons why arbitrarily spraying a weed killer may not be the best choice, including environmental concerns and the expressed desire from many of our customers to try to leave certain areas available for pollinators. We typically only work on overgrown trees that are affecting the sight distance on the roadway as well.  If you see an area where weeds over overgrown trees are impacting your view onto the interstate, please feel free to call our customer service team at 314-275-1500 to let us know.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Thanks for the reply. I guess we just can't have nice things in the city. We have to have weeds and overgrown trees on the entrance ramps. I already know the answer, but look at the intersection of Elm & I-44. It has plants that are maintained beautifully, lights, and no weeds.... But then look at Hampton, Vandeventer, Kingshighway....
    Aesthetic treatments within state maintained right of way, like you describe at Elm and I-44,  are maintained by municipalities or other sponsoring organizations by agreement with the department. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communciations
  • Is the City represented today? Just curious about the pothole at 59th & Arsenal Street.
  • it's on our list - thanks again!
  • Hi, Mr. Gates.

    One or two weeks ago, I mentioned the problems at Reavis Barracks Road and I-55. Specifically, the lack of coordination between not getting a left green arrow onto northbound I-55 because so much time is given to the off ramp of southbound I-55 and also to left turns onto southbound I-55. You mentioned that the traffic with the most volume gets the most time.

    I certainly can't dispute that logic, I also asked why to up to 15 cars gets a left-turn arrow for southbound? There is plenty of gap timing for left turns onto southbound I-55. The key word is coordination. Please, either give northbound traffic a lagging left turn arrow or arbitrarily turn on the left turn arrow for northbound I-55 during peak times. Anticipating your question as to when I see this situation, I see it seven days a week from 9:00 AM to probably 8:00 PM.

    Also, please keep in mind that northbound I-55 has two exit ramps, whereas southbound I-55 only has one exit ramp. That situation lends itself to the lack of coordination.
  • Thanks -- I can share that with our traffic team.  When you asked the question the last time, they let me know that they were planning to implement new midday and weekend timing plans soon, but that they needed to wait until traffic normalized more, post pandemic, for new morning and afternoon timing plans.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Is there a plan for I-70 through Wentzville
  • Although we have studied the area, there are many issues, most notably the railroad bridge, that make it a very expensive project. Currently, we have not identified full funding for the work identified in that study. We do continue to look for, and work on ways to fund, portions of that full project to make improvements, as we can, in that area. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Can the potholes be fixed on all 3 lanes of McDonnell Blvd just East of Lindbergh Blvd? I don't know if this is state or county, but it is the section of road that never got repaved.
  • I believe this is our maintenance responsibility, and will forward your request to our Operations group. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
  • Are there plans to maybe widen 70 west from Wentzville - is the railroad willing to help with the Wentzville improvements
  • Not at this time.  We have studied that area, and have an overall concept, but it is too expensive for us to fund at this time.  We are looking at what pieces of that overall concept we can construct with the funding that we have.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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