Chat with the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13

Chat with the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13

Wondering about road work? Ask the experts your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.

    The intersection repave looks a lot better at 100/47. Thanks a great deal. Now hopefully the same can be said of the 100/M intersection soon.
    Thanks for the kudos.  I'll pass them along to the team overseeing the resurfacing project. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I’m going to ask/demand this again. Why can’t MoDOT/Counties/Cities do more to make sure the Railroad take better care of their infrastructure. The three bridges over 270 look terrible and even worst is the bridges over 44 in downtown STL. It LLC this was a regular business they would shut down or sent a bill to repaint Why can’t the government make the railroads make the repairs? Is the government too in the pockets of the CE’s?
    The railroads are private property. MoDOT has the same influence upon them as they do with any other private property crossing the roadway. However, our major concern with any property crossing the roadway is it's safety. You can see more here: https://www.modot.org/railroads-general-information. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    MoDOT, a research question... how much money could be freed up if the “lettered” highways were returned back to the counties? Statewide vs STL District?
    That was one of the questions looked at during the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force. A major concern expressed to that task force was that counties wouldn't have the available funding to maintain those roads effectively.  You can see the task force report here: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills181/commit/rpt1723/Transportation.pdf. You can also look at the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to see where funds are being spent (including those on lettered routes): https://www.modot.org/statewide-transportation-improvement-program-stip. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Any updates on repaving of Big Bend Blvd. north of Clayton Rd? It's been a year or so since it was torn up. The paving of the portion south of Clayton Rd went really well - they did a great job! Just wondering when this final portion will be complete.
    We're currently waiting for our contractor's repaving crew to complete work unrelated to this project. We anticipate a late June/early July start time on the resurfacing of Big Bend (from Clayton Road north to Delmar). David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
  • How has the coronavirus impacted major projects like the Blanchette Bridge? Has the work been delayed at all? Are they able to work faster by closing more lanes at a time given the large drop in traffic?
  • Right now, we still remain in schedule with our major projects.  Some projects have been able to take advantage of lighter traffic levels, and can start or keep lanes closed for longer periods.  You can see more here: https://www.modot.org/COVID19Brief. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Does St. Louis County have any street sweepers in their equipment pool? If so, any chance they could be used in subdivisions to pick up leaves/gumballs/debris on the curb? A lot of residents don't bother maintaining the street in front of their house and if equipment is sitting idle, could be a win/win situation. Thanks!
    We do maintain a small fleet of sweepers. However, we don't use them to remove piles of yard waste (leaves, sticks, sweetgum balls, etc.) from the roadway. Missouri law requires that this category of debris be segregated from other waste, such as the fast food wrappers, cans, sacks, etc., and separately landfilled. We we simply don't have the resources to accommodate that edict. Our sweeper operators will maneuver their machines around any human-deposited mounds of yard waste they encounter. If your subdivision has non-yard waste debris issues on its streets, please call our Service Request line at 314-615-8538, and we'll schedule a sweeper ASAP. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
    My concern is about the speed on Chouteau between Jefferson and Truman Parkway.
    Could a speed limit sign be posted along the EAST bound lane of Chouteau ? Additionally, there are several potholes just in front of our home, in the East bound lane (at 1804 Chouteau) .... trucks rattle and then shake our building. Is there an possibility the road crew could patch these ? Thank you
    Unfortunately, signage often doesn't encourage drivers to slow down -- that would need to be addressed by local law enforcement; however, I did ask our traffic team to check and make sure that all the appropriate signing is in place.  I have asked our maintenance team to check out the potholes you mention.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    How might sidewalks be added to Route 30 (Gravois) near Grants Farm? Is that a MODOT issue, at all? The highway is a bit obsolete, with open gutters on the side of the road. If those are ever updated, it would be a fine time to add sidewalks, too! And there are a lot of people walking on the shoulder alongside the road, which seems unsafe for them and for motorists. The area is unincorporated. How would someone start the process to have the idea be considered, can you say?

    As always thank you for doing these chats.
    We did a resurfacing job on Route 30 in that area a couple of years ago.  During that project we updated sidewalks to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and made a few connections that were highly traveled.  There are several areas where there is a sidewalk on one side of the road, but not the other -- due to available shoulder space, entrances and grades that make it impractical to install sidewalks. We do have a project that is supposed to update signals  at Sappington Rd., Route P (Mackenzie) , Elgin Ave/ Weber Rd., and Seibert Ave soon.   As a part of that, we make sure the sidewalks at those intersections meet ADA requirements. We have no further work currently planned for Route 30 in that area.  As development continues in that area, we will definitely encourage developers to consider tying  into existing sidewalks, and when we next have a project on Route 30, we would take a look at if there are additional areas where it makes sense to add sidewalks. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • For the County - I see that new signs have been installed, along Big Bend, delineating where County maintenance begins and ends. Two questions. In these computer and GPS-driven days, are they even really necessary? And, what's up with the two blocks, between I-44 and Rock Hill Rd, that the County doesn't claim? That just seems odd. Thanks!
  • There are numerous sections of Big Bend that are not under St. Louis County's maintenance. These sections are located near interstate highways, and are in MoDOT right of way. Re: the End/Beginning of Maintenance signs: these are installed as a public service, and offer motorists who wish to report a problem real time information about what we do and don't maintain. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
  • When will repaving of Hwy 44 begin between Kingshighway and Grand?
  • It looks like that should be should be starting in June -- based on availability of the paving contractor. Andrew Gates, MoDOT communications
  • Traffic has been very light, which I understand. I know that Jefferson Ave near 40 going southbound in the PM rush is always a problem.

    Going south from Market, you get the green light at Market. Travel the speed limit and you get to the first light at 40 and it’s red for a few seconds. Shouldn’t that turn green first so that the traffic on Jefferson doesn’t have to stop?

    When traffic picks up in the coming months it’s no wonder traffic backs up. This light is one of the problems.

    Can you check the lights along Jefferson from Market to 44? Now would be a good time to make adjustments.
  • The timing on Jefferson is set up to progress traffic in the PM rush predominately southbound, but the platoon of traffic begins further north of Market.  There might be a slight delay for you as noted if you're starting southbound at beginning of green from Market, but the majority of the platoon of traffic that starts north of you will arrive after you while green has been active at Hwy 40 to allow some queue clearance prior to arrival.
    Thank you for the resurface of 141 from 55 up to 30 - but on the west side of old Gravois n 141 - there are several big potholes that are open to the rebar - you might want to look at this
    We have some pavement repairs scheduled for the approach on the bridge that you mention.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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