Road Crew chat, 1 p.m. Wednesday

Road Crew chat, 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.

    David Wrone is on vacation this week, and so will be unable to answer St. Louis County questions. However, if you have items that need to be shared with the county, please do so, and I can forward them to David, and he should be able to respond next week.  Thanks!  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Jim Spies, I reached out to our traffic engineer for the city of St. Louis on your concern on the "no right on red" and a Pedestrian Only when the crossing button is engaged at the River Des Peres Trail and Gravois intersection.  That engineer said they would take a look at the issue next week and see if they can make any adjustments.  I left your question in the queue, since it primarily addressed another concern in the city.  Andrew Gates,. MoDOT Communications
    Concerning the Roundabout on Missouri Highway P. McKinsey Road is a main north/south route which is extremely busy. The county council should require the developers to also put additional entrances and exits into the new development. One would be to Hegge Rd., the other to Watson Rd. . It is too much to ask the taxpayers to spend probably over 2 million dollars to put a project like this in which would slow traffic on a major highway, and would be a major inconvenience to motorists! Instead, put that 2 million dollars towards the Show Me bridge project at Rocheport. 🙂. Roundabouts are not always the answers to a problem. Just notice the proposed roundabout for Clark Avenue and Dunklin in Jefferson City, something is problematic there!
    At this point, we have no plans to put a roundabout on Route P (Mackenzie Road) in St. Louis County.  We do have a project coming up for resurfacing and sidewalk updates.  You can see those details here: Route P (Mackenzie) resurfacing and sidewalk project | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org).  We work with developers when they have permit projects that impact our roadways. Changes to the roadway driven by development are usually at the developer's cost.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    During last week's chat there was a question regarding the Route N and Weiss Road construction.  I have reached out to the St. Charles County Highway Department and wanted to share the following.
    The contractor, Krupp Construction, started the Phase 1 work by switching traffic onto temporary pavement (November 2020), broke up the existing pavement and completed the installation of the box culvert extension.  Shortly after they started the storm sewer work, they encountered a utility delay due to Ameren poles needing to be relocated.  The utility delay was from early February 2021 through late April 2021.  Project completion has been revised, due to the utility delay, to late October 2021.
    The contractor recently finished the storm sewer construction, removed the old traffic signal and has resumed pavement removals for the new roadway alignment.  They intend to continue Phase 1 work which will pave the eastern pavement along the Weiss Road portion and the northern portion of Highway N.  They expect to have traffic onto the new pavement in approximately 2.5 months, weather pending.
    The temporary roadway and striping has not weathered the winter well and the contractor is repairing pavement/striping to keep the roadway passable.  At the 25 mph posted work zone speed limit, the pavement is uneven, but passable.  At speeds exceeding the posted work zone speed limit, the roadway appears to be rough and bumpy. 
    Where can I return a sign post? I found an 8-foot metal signpost on the side of the road by my house?
    It depends on who maintains the roadway.  I would suggest that you return the post to the nearest maintenance facility of the organization (county or municipality) that maintains the road by your home.  If it is a MoDOT maintained roadway (a Missouri state numbered or lettered route), you can call our customer service team (24/7 at 314-275-1500 or 1-888-ASK-MODOT), and we should be able to have someone come and pick it up. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    This was Mr. Spies question: Good day. I would like to bring up here a problem I've complained about to alders and the streets department for years, but was made clear last week. I was hit by a car on my bike (I was fine, slow-speed impact, thank goodness) while on the RDP Trail crossing Morgan Ford. I have the green light and the green crossing signal. Driver turning right on red from Morgan Ford onto Germania, only looking left to see oncoming traffic. Doesn't see me until I am right in front of her and can't stop in time. This, as well as the crossing at Gravois, are dangerous. They both need "no right on red" signs, and then a Pedestrian Only crossing when the beg button is engaged. Ald Stephens has already said he will look into Morgan Ford and Germania; I believe Gravois is a state road so the intersections are MODOT's responsibility. Thanks.
    The Ballas Road exit to west bound 64 is bad / drivers going west bound are doing their 60+ mph and we are trying to get in the flow / it is tough merging into flow - any consideration in the area - two bad accidents two weeks ago on Friday night
  • We do have a project coming up on I-270 next year that will have some impacts to the ramps from I-64; however, those impacts to traffic merging from Ballas onto the interstate will be minimal. There's a lot of weaving traffic here (traffic coming from Ballas Road and traffic going to I-270). Both the traffic that is merging and the traffic being merged into have responsibilities -- the traffic that is merging should be trying to match the traffic speeds; however, the traffic being merged into should be driving defensively, watching for incoming traffic and try to give them space to merge into, Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I know in previous weeks, MoDOT has explained there have been delays in cleaning interstate shoulders, but I'd like to point out that the shoulders (left and right) on I-70 north of downtown through Salisbury have lots of debris -- entire bumpers, not just trash blowing around. If that area could be prioritized, it would be great.
    We can certainly pass it along to our maintenance team.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    My husband and I recently drove east on Interstate70 from the Lake of the Ozarks area. The rest areas heading east towards St. Louis no longer reflect the actual distance to a useable rest area. The signs indicate that the rest area is in some stated number of miles, but when we reached that mile marker, the rest area sign indicated that the area was for overnight truck parking only. Please check with the MO Dept. of Transportation to see that these signs are updated to the actual distance to the rest area available for the traveling public. And, frankly, the lack of full rest areas in mid-Missouri is an embarrassment. Thank you for your help.
    Marie Neville
    I have shared that with our teammates that oversee that portion of the state to check out the mileage signs near the Minneola truck parking area.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Thanks for replacing the traffic signals at Gravois & MacKenzie. A few weeks ago during the evening rush on a Wednesday I was westbound on Gravois in the left turn only lane waiting to turn left onto south MacKenzie. I noticed that the left arrow only came on every other cycle. When it became our turn to go left, the arrow was not on long enough to clear the lane. Needless to say we had to wait two more cycles to get the left arrow again. Will things get better with the new signals?
    The newer signals should be a bit more responsive, but it does sometimes take some trial and error to hone in on the correct timings for the corridor.  If you are traveling through that area and notice that the signal seems to need some tweaking, please feel free to share those specifics.  I have passed your comment along to our traffic engineers, to have them take a look at it.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Hi. I have two concerns. The first is the condition of Olive going west between
    Jefferson and Compton. The road has always had potholes but it’s getting worse.
    The second is the timing of the green light for cars traveling west on Park and turning left onto Grand. Only three cars are able to turn before the light changes. Thank you for conducting these chats every week.
    I will verify Olive is on the pothole list.  Our traffic staff will check the timing at Park & Grand.  Thanks for the heads up on these items!
    Good day. I would like to bring up here a problem I've complained about to alders and the streets department for years, but was made clear last week. I was hit by a car on my bike (I was fine, slow-speed impact, thank goodness) while on the RDP Trail crossing Morgan Ford. I have the green light and the green crossing signal. Driver turning right on red from Morgan Ford onto Germania, only looking left to see oncoming traffic. Doesn't see me until I am right in front of her and can't stop in time. This, as well as the crossing at Gravois, are dangerous. They both need "no right on red" signs, and then a Pedestrian Only crossing when the beg button is engaged. Ald Stephens has already said he will look into Morgan Ford and Germania; I believe Gravois is a state road so the intersections are MODOT's responsibility. Thanks.
  • I'm very sorry to hear about your incident and hope you are okay.  Our staff is already looking into these locations to see what safety improvements are warranted.  Thank you for participating in this chat to bring it to our attention.
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