Ask the Road Crew

Ask the Road Crew

Is your route to work giving you a headache because of potholes, poorly timed lights or street construction? Let the experts know, and ask them your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

    We have had several concerns shared over the past few months about an issue with the signal at Berry Road heading to eastbound I-44.  I am told by our traffic engineers that they have completed the work around to correct that issue.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Also, last week Scott asked about the new I-70 ramp from Route K.  I checked with our engineers and they let me know that the standard length for a entrance ramp at a location like this is just over 400 feet, before the roadway starts a 300 foot taper to merge traffic in.  This particular ramp is more than 500 feet before the taper starts.  So, this ramp is well over the minimum required for acceleration prior to merging into traffic.  We are continuing to monitor the roadway as drivers get used to the new configuration.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    Last week, a reader asked: Would someone please explain the meaning of a flashing yellow arrow on a right turn lane when the through lanes have green balls (as at eastbound Delmar turning right onto southbound Big Bend)? Online sources state that such a flashing yellow on right with green for straight ahead is meaningless and to be ignored. Is that true? ST. LOUIS COUNTY'S RESPONSE: No, that is definitely not correct. The flashing yellow arrow is designed to remind right-turning motorists to exercise caution before executing their turn. Specifically, they are intended to remind these drivers to make sure a motorist coming from the opposite direction - in this instance, westbound Delmar - isn't turning left (onto southbound Big Bend), into their path. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    Update on Musick and Gravios? The right in and right our is nice, but when will the project be complete?
    We expect to fully open the intersection by late August or early September. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    A reader from last week's chat shared the following: The lights on northbound Laclede Station Rd/Hanley seem to be out of sync during the morning rush hour. Examples are the lights at Newport (turns red shortly after light at Big Bend turns Green), Marshall (always red when traffic arrives), Manchester (short green duration), and Hanley industrial Ct (not timed correctly). ST. LOUIS COUNTY'S REPLY: After receiving this information, our signals group investigated and found that there was in fact a malfunction in the signals on Laclede Station. This malfunction - which was creating periodic congestion on Laclede Station Road - has been corrected. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    A few weeks ago I noted problematic stoplight timing along westbound Olive Blvd (MO-340) at the Warson, Bayer/Danforth, and Old Olive St Rd intersection, which are all very close together. The response from MoDOT was that some timing adjustment had been made and then revised. However, last night during evening rush hour (~5:45 pm) it was still the case that when Warson goes green, Bayer/Danforth goes red, and then when Bayer/Danforth goes green Old Olive St Rd goes red a few second later. This has not been fixed, and all cars going westbound have to stop at a minimum of 2 of the 3 lights in this short sequence. This is inefficient, annoying, and causes backups during evening rush hour. Is this really necessary? Cars are staring to figure out that if they floor it when Bayer/Danforth turns green then they may make it through Old Olive St Rd just as it goes yellow, so this is also encouraging unsafe driving behavior. You really need to fix this, forcing drivers to stop multiple times at lights so close together is poor traffic design. On a related note, last night (5:50 pm) and this morning (7:20 am) the lights at Craig Rd and Office Parkway (just to the east of Craig) were completely out of phase. When Office Parkway goes green, Craig goes red, and vice versa. In both directions cars have to stop at at least one light, and after two, and this has also messed up traffic staying synchronized with the linked green light pattern going eastbound. It looks like the Office Parkway light timing is off. Can this be fixed? There is certainly no reason for this during morning rush hour, and it does not appear to be needed in the evening as well, at least not by 5:50 pm when I went though it. Westbound traffic backed up well past Mosely last night, and the current traffic map shows a backup here as well.
    Thank you for your additional observations.  I have shared them with the traffic team overseeing this area, so they can take a further look at the area.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
  • Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday (July 18), the heavily traveled intersection of Laclede Station Road and Murdoch will be under flashing red control for at least four hours. A St. Louis County contractor will be removing the old signals and mast arms at this location, and activating the new signals and mast arms that will replace the old system. If possible, motorists should avoid this intersection during the switch-over, as congestion will likely be severe. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    Portions of South Grand, beginning at the Chateau intersection, going all the way up to 44 are quickly turning into horrible condition for driving. I noticed one lane in each direction has been closed to work on the not very old median. Once work is complete on median, are there plans to repair this portion of Grand? The uneven surfaces, crumbling road, and potholes cause cars to drive at all different speeds with abrupt braking, swerving, and driving in the bike lane to avoid potholes. It is not a safe portion of Grand given all of the traffic that goes through that stretch. Additionally, some of the bushes in the medians are way too tall and hide oncoming traffic from drivers thinking they can make a left turn across traffic. This is most noticeable at the Starbucks and Ruler Foods.
    The rough sections you mention will be resurfaced next week, weather permitting. Our contractor's original schedule was upended by this week's rain. I'll forward your complaints re: Missouri American Water's water main project to the appropriate inspectors. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    STL County, two questions: what is the timelime for completing paving on Clayton between Bellevue and Big Bend? The entrance to St. Rita (north side of Clayton) remains rough, as does the strip mall entrance just east of the Esquire theatre.

    Second, the contractor in charge of the Big Bend pipe project has numerous asphalt patches that have sunk to the point they are causing damage similar to a pothole. I have two bent rims which will set me back $300. Not happy with the quality of work and length of time to complete it. Must be nice for their workers having bankers hours while the public fights the traffic and damage on a daily basis. I contacted your department about a rough spot in the right lane of northbound Big Bend just a few feet north of Manchester a week ago and yet it remains one of many.
  • The recent lane shifts on I-44 at the new Meramec River Bridge came as a surprise. What are they doing? The bridge doesn't even look halfway done after a year or so.
  • They are working on drainage between the new bridges and the new westbound Watson Road bridge/ramp currently being replaced.  They have been working on foundation work, before the river levels got to the point where they were unable to do so in the river; they are also making some adjustments to how you get between I-270 and I-44 at the interchange (at those times when they are unable to work on the bridge in the river, due to water levels).  The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2021.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communciations
  • Dave,

    I messed up on the date for the Bayless Av proposal that you mentioned was occurring on Wednesday. I thought it was Thursday.

    To whom to I express my opposition to a road diet for Bayless? Thank you.
  • I'm sorry you missed the open house. Please email me your thoughts on the proposed project: Thank you. David Wrone, St. Louis County
  • Dave,

    At the intersection where Mackenzie Road intersections with Reavis Barracks Road (by the mosque) there is a small section of curbing along the sidewalk.

    It is all busted up as though a vehicle or a work truck made contact with it. It is at the spot where the sidewalk contains a curb cut for the handicapped, right at the "pork chop" island that divides left and right turns.

    Thank you.
  • I'll forward this to our Operations group for investigation. Thanks for the heads up. David Wrone, St. Louis County
    Last night during rush hour we again had a traffic nightmare going south on Lindbergh. These problems seemed to have begun when Kirkwood started “fooling” with their lights. Now the lights at Big Bend and Kirkwood Commons are once again out of sync. I know you don’t control Kirkwood but it would be nice if they worked with you. Traffic was so backed up you couldn’t even see back to where the backup ended. Thanks for holding these chats every week.
    I have asked our team to reach out to Kirkwood to see if we can smooth out the timing in this area.  Andrew Gates, MoDOT Communications
    I have a question about Country Landing Dr. in O'Fallon, MO between Theresa Fields and Rte N. It has major potholes, especially where it meets Rte. N, plus crumbling sides and various other potholes. Are there any plans to address these issues?
    I checked with the County Highway Department, and they will have a patching crew come through the area to address the potholes and evaluate the condition to determine if further corrective action is necessary.
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