Curious about construction? Traffic light too long? Ask the Road Crew

Curious about construction? Traffic light too long? Ask the Road Crew

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.

    Is legal to park in your driveway and block the sidewalk
    Property owners can not block public travel on a public right of way.  The below web site has some more specifics: Right Of Way - Missouri Municipal League (mocities.com). Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    -Potholes on Olive (Jefferson-Compton): Our crews will investigate. I don't show any service requests (through the City's Citizens' Service Bureau) that are still open for potholes on that section of Olive.  Everything we had reports on were completed this spring in that area.  
    -Grand & Park: There are two signalized intersections on Grand and Park - are you referring to the northern one where there is a westbound approach with dual left turn lanes?
    Thanks for your input!
    I have two concerns:
    The blocks of Olive between Jefferson and Compton are riddled with potholes.
    Also, when traveling north on Park and attempting to turn left onto south bound Grand only 2 cars are able to turn before the light turns red. The only time more cars make it is if someone presses the pedestrian walk light button. This happens between 4 and 5 pm.
    I’ve asked about these concerns before but nothing has been done to address them.
    Thank you.
    Can a utility make a new connection to a property and leave the existing road a wreck? If so how long do they have to return it to original conditions?
    Generally speaking, utility work is through a permitting process.  The entity that maintains the roadway typically issues the permit for the work and a part of the requirement before the permit is closed is to return the roadway to its original condition.  However, depending on the utility, they may need to have some time to ensure that the connection is sound (that there are no additional problems that might require them to, once again, impact the roadway.) Often times, as well, the utility partner awards a contract to complete several roadway repairs at one time.  The maintaining entity typically continues to work with the utility through the process to get the roadway repaired.  If you had more specifics, the appropriate Road Crew person might be able to research the concern and provide a more concrete answer. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Regarding the I-44 closure which required a detour for WB to Dougherty Ferry, I wanted to provide some feedback.
    Were the signals for NB I-270 off-ramp reconfigured in advance for the extra traffic or monitored in real time? Multiple times, exiting traffic backed up on the mainline, which I know you try to avoid. Also, the ramp has a dual left turn lane. Lots of vehicles used the right-most lane in an attempt to get back southbound, which obviously affected left-most lane traffic continuing west on Dougherty Ferry (and probably contributed to the ramp backup). A sign indicating the left lane is for the detour would have helped.
    I know this closure is not a regular thing, but did you do a debrief after the closure? I did not see anything change in between the first weekend and the second. Does that mean you were not aware of the problems I listed above or were they an inevitable consequence? Perhaps it can be helpful for a future closure somewhere else.
    On the same project, there is a parked construction vehicle on the westbound side, west of 270, which has displayed a "Right Lane Closed Ahead" sign for weeks. The lane is already closed further east, but this makes drivers think another lane is closing ahead. Can you please get the contractor to reduce confusion? Thanks!
    We did evaluate the detour after the first weekend's closure and made what adjustments that we could to move traffic better during the second week's closure.  Thanks for sharing your additional observations.  I will share them, and your comment about the construction vehicle in the work zone, with the construction team.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Recently Reavis Rd was restriped. And not too long ago after that, Brenda Ave got resurfaced. With all the asphalt truck traffic exiting Brenda Ave onto Reavis Rd there’s not much left of the new striping to be seen. Is the party that did the road work on Brenda Ave plan to restripe Reavis?
    I'll have our Operations group investigate. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. David Wrone, St. Louis County's Department of Transportation
    Sometimes on 64/40 westbound before Kingshighway - the snow plow type trucks are used to indicate that cars should merge right or left. Sometimes the truck is there with no warning. Should there be a warning sign indicating the truck is stopped in that lane?
    Often times our crews have moving work zones -- where they are picking up litter , striping, patching potholes, and the like.  Although we use the overhead message boards to share that crews are working in the road ahead, these moving work zones are typically short lived, and don't require a stationary warning sign.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Trash pickup is a regular discussion here, but I will bring it up again.

    I-70 is awful through the city from downtown to the airport -- car bumpers, tire treads, trees/weeds growing up through the drains, etc. Budgets are tight, and you will comment that all of the highways are on a regular cleaning schedule. It is clear that not all highways are equal. The same pile of gravel has been on the shoulder of the express lane under the St. Louis Ave. bridge since the winter. How has this not been cleaned up over many months?

    Plain and simple: these conditions would not be tolerated in the more affluent parts of the region. The indifference is startling, and the public should demand better.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts -- trash pickup is one of our top priorities (around the region). I will certainly pass along your concern about the gravel near St. Louis bridge in the express lanes. If you share other specific locations, i can pass them along as well. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    i have been having a problem getting trees/overgrowth trimmed around our subdivision. I live in Forest Lake Estates off of Hwy. DD in Defiance. Heading out of our subdivision on Forest Meadow Dr., if you look left there is limited sight due to a curve in the road and the overgrowth. i have been calling about this problem since late April. I was told the macinery was out of comission for awhile. this is a hazard. you have to almost pull all the way out on DD to see. I almost pulled out in front of a motorcycle the other day. Scary!
    Thanks for sharing your observation -- I will pass it along to our maintenance forces to look into.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    In SCC, when will Duello Rd construction be completed?
    I'm checking in with the County Highway Department to see if they have an estimated completion date.  If I don't hear back by the end of the chat, I will post a response next week.
    any plans for 270 and st. charles rock road
    At this point, we have no plans for any interchange updates at I-270 and St. Charles Rock Road.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I’ve seen the proposed Rocheport Bridge picture! Looks like you are going to build another boring flat bridge like the Boone Bridge, Miami, Washington, Hermann and all the others.
    What do you do when you want to build a bridge, tell the powers that be that you want to build a bridge and they give you what they think you deserve or do tell them you want to build one that just gets the public across the river? Do you ever propose something spectacular, a bridge that the public would be excited to drive on, something beautiful the 12 million+ people who will drive on it could be proud of and remember the beautiful bridge they drove across in the Show Me State?
    The taxpayers deserve better! The other states are given lots of money to build spectacular bridges, not boring flat bridges like all the other boring flat bridges you’ve built in our state. There is an infrastructure package coming, don’t you think Senators Hawley and Blunt and all others in Congress could do more for the project? You have some new gas tax money coming in over the next few years, invest some of that to show you have some pride in what you build in such a high profile spot in mid-Missouri and the United States. After all, it is taxpayer money, money from those who pay taxes in our state and vote on MODOT needs for taxes to build roads and bridges. The people who travel over our interstates pay taxes which will help pay for this bridge. Give all of us a bridge to be PROUD of, not one like ones across a creek!
    I’ve read all of the preliminary work you’ve done to build this bridge, I see all that involves. Hundreds of people, lots of time, lots of travel, and you get paid to do that for sure. Your efforts are appreciated, but you also deserve a finished product that shows how much effort you put into the Rocheport Bridge, one which should show off the Show Me State. Let’s continue to keep our state beautiful, add a something beautiful to travel on!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Bridge design is often based on the type of crossing needed, and several other variables -- including what types of space are needed for vehicles traveling along the river, and how much channel they require. Due to the available funding, MoDOT is very focused on practical design.  In this particular instance, the department used the design-build process to determine the best way to design and construct this important bridge.  In fact, the team is holding a virtual public meeting tonight to discuss the project.  To register and attend, visit here: Missouri State Government WebEx Meeting Center - Register Meeting. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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