Oct. 28 Road Crew chat

Oct. 28 Road Crew chat

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.

    We've got some good news for drivers on I-70 who use the Blanchette Bridge to cross the Missouri River.  Through early November, we will be working to get traffic back in its regular configuration on the eastbound and westbound bridges.  You can see more on the exact schedule here: https://www.modot.org/node/21288. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Hi, I was wondering what, if any steps are planned/talked about for the 64/Big Bend stretch of the highway to reduce the amount of accidents. I travel that way daily and there is normally an accident in the afternoon/evening rush. It's easy to see that it's because of the exit only lane exiting off to Big Bend--and drivers merging at the last second causing other cars to have to break quickly. Nothing has really changed since 64 was re-opened and it's easy to see why there would be a lot of accidents. Drivers constantly cut in front right before they are forced to exit. What about double white lines such as the ones going NB on 270 for the 70 exit? Thanks for your time!
    We currently have no plans to make any changes in that area.  There is very little (except enforcement) that will have a significant impact on reducing the aggressive driving that you describe. Adding double white lines wouldn't change anything without a significant enforcement effort (and law enforcement doesn't work for the department).  The double white lines at I-270 and I-70 were enforced by the Maryland Heights PD -- they had gotten some safety grant money to pay for that additional enforcement.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Along Olive between Warson and Price there are a number of places where the pavement between where the curb concrete and road asphalt is deteriorating. This does not seem to get repaired when potholes are patched. Is this something that can be attended to or does it require complete reconstruction of the road edge?
    Typically, curb and shoulder work is done during major construction projects, unless there is a safety concern.  At this time, we don't have any funding identified for any work in that area, but it is something that we have on our radar for work in the future.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Any timeline on when the Jefferson bridge and Meramec bridge on Hwy 44 might be completed and traffic shifted onto them?
    We are hoping to have traffic shifted around on the Jefferson bridge by the end of the year, we have some ramp closures from I-55 to I-44 coming in about a week (Starting November 7) to work on some median barrier repairs on the ramp.  We expect that ramp to be closed for  about a week.  We also anticipate moving traffic onto the new eastbound bridge and moving westbound traffic onto the new bridge by the end of the year, as well.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • For St Louis City: At the intersection of Park Avenue and South 7th Street, there are two left turn lanes for EB Park traffic turning onto NB 7th Street. However, the only indication of this is the painted arrows on the asphalt. The overhead traffic signals are both just orbs, there are no signs indicating there are two left-turn lanes, and the asphalt in the intersection is not striped with a dotted line between the two turn lanes. This can cause confusion, especially since the Number 2 turn lane is for both turning traffic and straight through traffic. I understand adding new light fixtures can be expensive and require infrastructure improvements, but could signs showing two left turn lanes be added to the traffic light crossbar, or could the intersection be striped? I frequently see a car from the Number 1 turn lane try to turn into the Number 2 northbound lane, causing issues for other drivers. Thanks.
  • Thanks for your question.  The signal at the eastbound approach consists of green ball indications because those movements are "permitted" movements, not "protected".  The latter left turn treatment would necessitate green arrow signal indications.  Intersection lane control signs (a left turn sign and a shared left/through sign) as well as the dashed line pavement striping are optional items that can certainly enhance the intended operation of the intersection when needed.  We haven't had a complaint about this before, but we will take a look at it.  Appreciate your input!
  • Does the Highway 30 construction zone need to be 40 mph currently? There are no barricades and it looks fully paved. Nobody has done any work there in a while.
    I did see a message board saying paving begins next week, however, but wasn't sure if it was related.
  • Typically, the speed limits are set due to conditions -- often there are smaller lanes or tighter weaves that are required through work zones.  The work zone is set for not only the safety of the team working within the zone, but also for the drivers.  That's why we encourage you to put down your phone , wear your seat belt and make sure you are paying attention through work zones.  You are correct --we do have some resurfacing work coming up on Route 30 soon.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Is the 44/Meramec project on schedule still?
    Yes, we are on schedule with the Meramec River Bridge project -- as you may remember, the schedule got shifted a bit a little more than a year ago due to Meramec River flooding.  We are currently on track for the entire project to be completed in spring 2022.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    WB 44 approaching Big Bend has a left turn which is always the scene of crashes in the rain. There was a fatal crash there not too long ago. Have you looked at any sources for the crashes, ie drainage, road surface, etc?
    I know our maintenance team has gone out and evaluated the situation in the past year (or so) to determine what can be done to reduce water in that area during rainfalls.  We do have a project set for a few years away ( once the I-44 at Meramec River project is complete) to work on the bridge in that area.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
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