Questions about road construction or potholes? Ask the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Wednesday

Questions about road construction or potholes? Ask the Road Crew, 1 p.m. Wednesday

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.

    When will the Jefferson bridge be done? Is the team still on or ahead of schedule?
    We are still on track to get traffic back into its original configuration in both directions before the end of the year.  Remember, though, that we do have some resurfacing work on I-44 in that area that will not take place until next spring.  That will completely wrap up the project.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Do you know if the construction cam for the Meramec river bridge will be fixed?
    Yes, we are working through that process.  Most likely, we will have to get a new camera from the OxBlue contractor and then work with our team to schedule to get it replaced. That can take a bit, especially considering the extra precautions that our team needs to take due to the pandemic.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Two signal questions:

    1) Was going NB on Big Bend where it ends at Delmar. When the signal changed, the left turn lane got a green arrow but the right turn lane got a blinking yellow arrow. A blinking yellow arrow means to yield... but there would be no traffic to yield to in that situation. Can you explain?

    2) Southbound on Jefferson under I-44, the new lights have been activated to handle 2 through and 2 left turn lanes -- except the left turn lanes don't exist. That caused someone to sit in the left through lane (which also serves as a left turn lane into Johnnie Brock's) since there were red arrows for the non-existent left turn lanes. Perhaps those signals should be covered up until the turn lanes actually exist?
    Although Big Bend isn't a state-maintained roadway, the right turn lane, most likely, got the blinking yellow arrow to make sure that they watched for any pedestrians crossing the roadway -- in which case the right turning traffic would yield to pedestrians.  I have passed your concern about the Jefferson left turn lanes along to our construction team -- they will take a look to see if they can make some adjustments until they get that work done to open those lanes next month  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I travel on the Theiss Rd overpass (over 270) several times a day. It seems that almost every other day there is a wreck on SB 270 in the short stretch between Theiss and I55. What is it about that area which is so accident-prone? Thanks for the chats.
    Law enforcement gathers data on crashes and often determines the cause of said crashes. If we do a study on an area, usually for an upcoming project, we pull that information to determine number (although not necessarily causes). At this time, I don't believe that is an area we have evaluated recently.  I would surmise that the crashes you reference would be due to someone trying to move between the lanes on southbound I-270 and I-55, and perhaps not paying attention.  In the morning, you might have some sunshine slowdowns that might add to the mix.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Any chance that included with the current construction of I-270 in North County will be the adding of additional street lights throughout the corridor? Are there any plans throughout the region to increase the amount of street lights on our interstates? There are vast amount of stretches of busy interstate that go pitch black at night due to the lack of street lights. If there are not any current plans, can this comment be a notice to seriously consider adding street lights throughout our interstates in the near future?
  • Except in the city of St. Louis (where the city pays for the lighting), policy for lighting along interstates is that we light only at the interchanges -- where people will be moving or off the roadway.  For the remainder of the interstates, vehicle headlights give an adequate view of the roadway ahead.  Considering the amount of available funding and the huge list of projects that the department has to maintain the system, that is unlikely to change in the future. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Who and how are the priorities determined for state road/interstate pothole and small section road surface repairs made within local maintenance districts When I make a pothole repair comment MODOT is quick to reply to me. Thanks. But often the actual repair takes quite sometime. So, what are the factors that go into which repair is made first and which are deferred, within the local maintenance district? And, how long should I normally wait before re-addressing any road repair issue again to MODOT?
    Typically, the priority depends on the type of issue, and what the potential impact of that issue is.  Usually, we have a team that investigates the report that day and makes an assessment based on the type of issue, where it is, and what kind of impact is anticipated.  If it looks like a good sized pothole on a major route, it could get called in to be repaired that day.  Otherwise, it will be added to the list of various projects that our team has to work on and gets addressed, based on the priority.  Some repairs require scheduling a contractor to do the work (this is often work like major concrete repairs, guard rail or barrier cable repairs) -- this has to be worked into their schedules.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Is the on-ramp from Lafayette onto I-44 westbound open? It looked like it when I drove by early this morning but it was still dark. Thanks for hosting these chats.
    Yes, it is open.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    In lieu of repaving, if just spot areas have raised bumps, would grinding down the raised areas be an option as a bandaid? There are a lot of roads in the area with raised pavement and that is as bad a pothole.
    That typically depends on the height of the raised area.  Most of the time, they are typically not high enough to make grinding an effective option (and sometimes, there is something underneath the raised area that might require repairs)..  However, if there are spots that you think have significant raised sections, we can always ask the maintenance team to take a look at them.  Andrew Gates, MODOT Communications
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