Chat with the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Wednesday

Chat with the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Wednesday

Wondering about road work? Ask the experts your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10.

    A couple of follow-ups from last week.  On the chatter who was asking about Gravois at Hampton/Germania, the delay is for busses in the area.  As a bus exits with a green signaljust east of Hampton/Germania, the main signal stays green for westbound through traffic to allow busses to move west if needed and not have to stop at Hampton/Germania. Once the bus exit indications go red, eastbound signals at both the bus exit and at Hampton/Germania goes green.  However, the westbound through signals at Hampton/Germania lag by three seconds to allow busses that just exited at the end of green to clear the main signal to the west.  It doesn't happen every time, since busses don't come through every cycle.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communiocations.
    Secondly, for the individual who asked about the changes coming up at Route 141 and Route 364, we are building a dual lane exit ramp from eastbound Route 364 to southbound 141, with an improved right turn to Route 141; building a dual left turn lane from westbound to southbound Route 141. We are also moving the entrance for the eastbound Route 364 to northbound Route 141 ramp to the north intersection (where the westbound Route 364 traffic enters Route 141.  This will allow us to give more time to the southern intersection during peak traffic periods.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Since Gravois (Missouri 30) runs by the new9mile truck garden did MODOT have any input on traffic? A mess has been created for really bad traffic congestion! Gravois is like a speedway most of the time, 50 & 60, no radar.To start with the parking lot is the biggest nightmare I’ve ever seen. You just pull in there and notice all the tire marks on the curbs. Going west the first entryway barely allows two cars to fit, you have to stop on Gravois so you don’t hit the car entering Gravois. Once on the lot you’ll notice the parking spots are for the stores. Auto Zone, Jimmy Johns, Dollar Tree, Popeyes, Imos and the other stores have very few spots. To top it off, this “family area” has a new bar and you will be able to take your drinks to the food trucks where there are kids. Really didn’t need another bar on Gravois.
    I forgot to mention, there is a very busy fire station that uses both Gravois and Weber Road.
    Any development that impacts state-maintained roadway has to provide an approved traffic study and approved plans for suggested improvements based on that study prior to applying for and receiving a permit. No construction that impacts state-maintained roadways (such as entrances) can begin until the developer receives that permit.  However, the makeup of the parking lot, and the businesses within the development are solely determined by the zoning requirements for the appropriate governing municipality and are approved by them. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    By and large, does Skinker Blvd along Forest Park need the center left turn lane along the entire length of the park? There’s a need for turn lanes at the intersections, no doubt, but everywhere else? The reason why I ask is that some unruly motorist used it as their own personal express lane headed south this afternoon only to cut off two lanes of traffic to sit in line to head west on Clayton. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me and I don’t really go through there all that often do it stands to reason this is more of a regular occurrence. Do you get complaints about this? Are you considering any traffic calming measures here? Thanks!
    You are correct in that there is a need for turn lanes at the numerous intersections along that end of the park.  Rather than transition in and out of individual turn lanes, intersection to intersection, the common practice is to stripe it all as center left turn lane between the intersections as it is now.  It's unfortunate that some motorists behave the way they do, whether it is by misusing the center left turn lane as an "express lane" or  exceeding the speed limit in an adjacent traffic lane.  I haven't gotten many complaints about that particular area though and don't have plans in place to implement roadway modifications there.  Thanks for your comment and we will keep an eye on this area.
    Minor thing, pretty sure its a County controlled signal. At the intersection of Big Bend, Laclede Station and Newport roads, When traveling north on Laclede in the AM, the light at Big Bend will go green but the light at Newport tends to stay red long enough for traffic to block the box of the intersection at Big Bend, Is the delay at Newport intended? If so could it be shortened to lessen the jam up as cars enter the intersection at Big Bend unable to see the Red light ahead and have to stop abruptly? Unrelated, I would like to offer praise to the crews who did the resurface of Banshee recently, the road is now perfect. Thank you.
    I have forwarded your remarks to our signals group, and will post a response in an upcoming Road Crew. Thank you for your comments about Banshee Road. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
    I think this is for St. Louis County: Driving East on Forest Park Parkway on the section past the Forsyth overpass there is next a blind corner before Pershing. There is a stoplight on an island to alert eastbound drivers. A tree has grown well this spring and is blocking the light. Can it be cut back?
    Thank you for this report. I have forwarded it to our Service Request bureau for action. Please feel free in the future to contact this group directly at 314-615-8538. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
    Second comment: I work at Wash U. Since their big construction project, the intersection of Hoyt Drive and Forest Park Parkway has never been permanently striped for stop bars, lanes, or a cross walk. Wash U says they are not allowed to do this and are waiting on St. Louis County. Is this true? If so, why the delay, the project has been done for a year?
    I'll have to consult our Construction and/or Operations group about this issue, and will reply in a future Road Crew. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
  • Could Manchester be given more time at Brentwood? It seems this signal is timed...Brentwood gets a lot of time at all times of the day/night and Manchester could use more, in my opinion. Thanks!
  • Our signals group will investigate. There could be a traffic-detecting loop that's malfunctioning here. Thanks. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
  • For the city + missing Stop sign at 10th & Madison. Thanks!
  • Our crews will check it out-thanks!
  • There is a large pothole in front of the library on westbound Jefferson at the corner of Lafayette. Can this be fixed immediately?
  • We will check it out - thanks
  • Not to kick a long-dead horse, but (nevertheless) do you think MODOT and the other agencies and governments involved are satisfied with the results of the I-64/Brentwood/Hanley corridor improvements made several years (or more, now) ago? After all the time and money expended, to still have rush hour delays like we do is frustrating. I understand that eminent domain was not a realistic possibility given the anticipated values involved, but all the experts must have known that going in - I think it's safe to say that that reality was not adequately explained to taxpayers. The whole Brentwood/Eager/I-170/Hanley'I-64 interchange probably won design awards, but it only gives me a headache every time I try to navigate it from either end.
  • Absolutely.  The major reason for the I-64 project was to replace many of the bridges across the interstate as well as update the interchanges on an older roadway.  In addition, we made a long-needed interstate to interstate connection between I-170 and I-64.  There is a lot of activity going on at the I-170, Brentwood and Hanley.  We have seen a significant increase in traffic (16 percent west of I-170) with a decrease on crashes of roughly 35 percent.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Any updates on 370 concrete in such horrible shape?
  • We have a project scheduled for next year for Route 370 -- This year, we have to work on the Blanchette Bridge and we can't have significant traffic impacts on both I-70 and Route 370 at the same tie.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Kudos & a question: Whoever was responsible for repaving the Loughborough bridge over I-55, thank you. Nicely (and timely) done. I hope the same can be done for EB Loughborough at the Loughborough Commons entrance to eliminate the "corduroy effect" paving.

    Question: Who is responsible for improving/replacing the bridge over Gravois just south of Meramec? Pavement at the top of the ramp is in really bad shape.
  • MoDOT maintains Route 30. Can you give me some more specifics?  Which direction on Route 30 and which ramp?  If you need to, you can e-mail me at andrew.gates@modot.mo.gov. Thanks!  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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