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, July 1.

    Once a utility (Missouri American) has completed a project and the road is properly repaved, who is responsible for the lane markings?

    On EB Watson, between Grant and Rock Hill (and beyond), both the white lane divider striping and the white right side edge line need to be replaced.

    Utility companies who do work on roadways are required to return the roadway to its original condition when they have completed their work.  That includes striping. I will ask our maintenance team to take a look at this area to ensure that is part of the utility responsibilities. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    General question - recently, a fair amount of money was spent installing diamond signs with pictographs of bicycles, with a separate "SHARE THE ROAD" sign underneath. Not surprisingly, many of the diamond signs "have grown legs and walked off". What are the plans, going forward? Replace the missing signs? Using tamper-resistant hardware? Or, will the lower signs be removed, as well? Since they're mostly, now, irrelevant / just visual clutter? Thanks!
    If you have specific locations, we can pass them along to get the signs replaced.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    On the north side of Watson, approximately 8400, there's an obviously dead tree that may be in the right of way, and needs to be taken down before it comes down, on it's own. Thanks!
    I've asked our maintenance team to check this and see if the tree is on state maintained right of way. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    A few weeks ago I asked about water leaking out on to Manchester Rd at Hardwood where the water company had repaired a water main break previously - the water is still flowing, any updates on when that might be taken care of? Thanks...
    We passed it along to Missouri American -- they would be the ones responsible for making the repair, so you would need to check with them. I am checking with our maintenance team to see if they have heard anything, so if they get back to me, I'll update the response. Based on the evaluation of our maintenance team, the leak is only a trickle, so it shouldn't significantly impact the roadway.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Commuunications
  • I want to thank MoDOT for fixing the vehicle detection at the 61/67 and Litzsinger signal. I haven't been needlessly stopped at that signal recently.

    However, I have not seen any attempt to fix the problem on 61/67 where the speed limit is posted 30 mph NB near 100 and 40 mph SB. There is 1/3 of mile where the speed limit is different per direction of travel. I suggested replacing the NB "Begin Right Turn Lane Yield To Bikes" sign that is south of 100 with a "Speed Limit 40" sign. The "Begin Right Turn Lane Yield To Bikes" is in the perfect location, as it is across the first SB 30 MPH sign and it is misused anyway because there is no bike lane. Perhaps this is in the works, so I would like an update. I won't continue to request a speed study along 61/67, which is a divided highway with a low speed limit because apparently that will never happen.
  • According to our traffic team, due to right of way constraints (sidewalks, a wall at a car dealership and several houses close to the roadway) and several other issues, including ensuring sight distance for the  U-turn lane, the northbound speed limit sign at the Huntleigh city limits is the closest practical posting for that sign.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Thank you for hosting these weekly chats.
    Last week when I was traveling on 270, MoDoT was working on a sign on the shoulder. All safety precautions were taken including an arrow truck and a trailer with the crash bumper. I heard what sounded like a car horn coming from the traffic stacked up behind the MoDoT truck but when getting closer to the truck the horn sounded to be coming from them. Is this a new safety feature? Thanks for all you do!
  • Yes, some of the Truck Mounted Attenuators (the truck/ trailers with the crash bumper) have a horn that the driver can sound if they want to make sure that people are aware of the work zone ahead of them.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • When your road crews are out - do they notify the appropriate departments of issues they see - there seems to be very obvious areas that could use attention - thanks
  • As our crews (and our staff) are out, they do report back any issues that they see through our customer service team to get addressed; however, MoDOT has more than 1,500 miles of roadway that it is responsible for maintaining just in the St. Louis area alone.  Since roadway issues (potholes, etc) can develop quickly, we always appreciate extra eyes sharing what they see -- you can share issues with our customer service team 24/7 at 275-1500 or 1-888-275-6636.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications.
  • Certainly. Our road crew personnel share information internally with other St. Louis County departments, as well as with other (non-County) entities and agencies. Members of the traveling public are also encouraged to call our Service Request group to report issues with our roads and streets. The number is 314-615-8538 David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation.
  • Dave,

    Missouri-American Water Company (MOAWC) is fixing Mackenzie and Reavis Barracks roads after a water main replacement. There is an area of sidewalk in front of Ameren's Mackenzie Operating District facility where MOAWC stored a large stack of water main pipes. That section of sidewalk is now cracked. It doesn't appear that MOAWC is planning to replace the sections of sidewalk, but I believe they should.

    Is letting you know sufficient or do I need to call 615-8538 and report?
  • I'll forward your report to our Division of Construction for investigation. Thanks for sharing this information. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
  • Can you check the signal cycles on hampton between chippewa and 44? Everytime I drive that stretch I encounter many back to back full cycle red lights. I usually travel turning left onto Hampton from chippewa, and get full red lights at pernod, then Fyler, then arsenal and again at Columbia. Thanks.
  • Traffic signal coordination requires you to pick a particular movement to progress - typically it is the highest volume movements such as your mainline traffic (in this case Hampton north/south).  To do so, there will be only a brief amount of time available per cycle (40 seconds for example) of northbound/southbound green time for mainline Hampton that is being progressed through the subsequent traffic signals.  The way each of the next signals are set to begin/end their respective northbound/southbound green times is to maximize the use of that 40 seconds as much as possible signal to signal to accommodate the queue of traffic it carries.  That "syncing" of signals is based on their distance apart as well as the posted speed limit the vehicles are traveling at.  On the flip side, if you are to enter Hampton from a side street you will very likely encounter a stop at the first signal on Hampton that you encounter as you are arriving either before or after that queue of mainline traffic has gone through.  However, upon starting at beginning of green at that first signal on Hampton, you should then begin to join the queue of mainline traffic described above.
  • I'll pass this on to our signals group. Thank you. David Wrone, St. Louis County Department of Transportation
  • The stoplight eastbound Melshire Ave at Big Bend in Oakland should have a sign, any way on green. This is how it functions. I think it did have such a sign at one point.
    Please tell us all why in the world Manchester is a full blown construction zone from McKnight to Berry right now. It’s obstructing every single business and its impossible to navigate through it in under 10 minutes. What should be a 2min drive. Why the hell is this work not being done at night when there is ZERO traffic?
    Believe that is a major permit project by Missouri American Water.  It is a permitted project, so we did review their hours of work and approve it.  However, there are many  other impacts on construction on roads besides simple congestion.  During the night hours, there would be a potential for noise and there are a lot of residential areas very close to the roadway. In addition, there may be rules that the utility company has to abide by (to include when they may be able to have water restrictions ) To verify those, you would need to contact them.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Can we get an update on 364/Guttermuth project ? With all the downtime from Covid 19 are they ahead of schedule ?

    I don't believe that the schedule has changed.  I will ask the County Highway Department for an update and will pass that information along in next week's chat.
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