Friday, 14 March 2014 01:52 Published in Local News
Aging infrastructure and dangerous off ramps have Missouri Transportation officials planning for the future of the I-270 corridor in north St. Louis County. They're ready to gather public input on some proposed solutions for the stretch between I-70 and the Chain of Rocks Bridge.
MoDOT will hold an open house next Tuesday evening, March 18th at the Hazelwood Civic Center East on Dunn Road. The public can stop by at any time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to review the proposals and provide feedback.
MoDOT will also make the information available and gather input online through April 1st. That virtual meeting and more information about I-270 North project can be found on MoDOT's I-270 North website.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 04:10 Published in Local News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri says it will demolish an apartment complex where a Columbia firefighter died Feb. 22 when a walkway collapsed.
University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin emphasized in making the announcement Wednesday that engineers have inspected all buildings at the University Village Apartment Complex and declared them safe for occupancy.
Still, Loftin said the 58-year-old complex will close June 30 in the interest of safety and be razed shortly after that.
Veteran firefighter Bruce Britt died when he became trapped by rubble while helping evacuate residents from the partial collapse of the second-floor walkway.
The complex houses graduate students and their families. There is also a child-care center on site.
Loftin says tenants will be allowed to terminate their leases before June 30 without financial penalties.
Thursday, 13 March 2014 03:52 Published in National News
NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue workers are using back hoes and a bulldozer to search for any victims still buried after an explosion demolished two Manhattan buildings. Meanwhile, questions are swirling about the gas leak that triggered the blast and whether complaints about gas odors had been ignored.
The explosion Wednesday morning killed at least six people and injured more than 60, with searchers still trying to locate others. At the site on Park Avenue and 116th Street, thermal imaging cameras are being used to identify heat spots — bodies or pockets of fire.
City officials say searches of the street are complete and no victims have been found there. Workers initially were hampered from fully accessing the building space because of a sinkhole caused by a subsurface water main break.