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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:48

MoDOT Announces More Closures

As the temperatures rise, so too do the number projects on MoDOT's agenda. Today, MoDOT closed two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on the Blanchette Bridge for maintenance on the span.
Those lanes will remain closed until about 3 o'clock this afternoon.
 
Meanwhile, MoDOT is warning drivers in the Valley Park area that they will be closing one of the two lanes on the Crescent Avenue bridge over Route 141 next week. Weather permitting, crews will be placing an epoxy overlay on the bridge.
They need three consecutive warm, dry days to complete the work. Depending on weather, the work could begin as early as Monday. Drivers should expect significant delays and should consider alternate routes.
Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS, MO  --  A crane accident in St. Charles has forced the closure of all lanes of Eastbound I-64 at Route K.  The Missouri Department of Transportation has also closed the entrance ramps from Route 94, Route K and Research Park to eastbound I-64. 
 
Crews must remove a crane that broke free on the Missouri River.  The crane is currently resting on the eastbound truss of the Daniel Boone  Bridge. The bridge and the interstate will remain closed until crews can remove the crane and inspect the bridge for damage. 
 
Motorists should use Interstate 70, Route 364/Page and Route 94 as alternate routes. 
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.
 
 
Published in Local News
Be prepared....a major shift is coming.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin a shift in traffic patterns around downtown St. Louis on Friday, and it's all a part of the Park Over the Highway project.
Road crews will be installing signs and preparing for the traffic shift between 9 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.  
Crews will close northbound Memorial Drive between Walnut and Pine Street and close southbound Memorial between Chestnut and Market Streets.
In addition, crews will reverse traffic on Memorial Drive in those locations, allowing traffic to come across Walnut.
This work is part of the CityArchRiver Over the Highway project which will join downtown with the Gateway Arch grounds.  
Work will soon begin on the construction of the bridge over I-44. During the construction for the CityArchRiver Park, the Gateway Arch remains open. 
Published in Local News
Monday, 10 March 2014 11:20

MoDOT launches 'Pothole Patrol'

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Now that the worst of winter is apparently over, the Missouri Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of motorists in the effort to fill potholes on state-maintained roadways.
 
MoDOT officials say the goal is to fill potholes as quickly as possible once they are reported. Maintenance workers will use asphalt for a temporary fix until permanent repairs can be made.
 
This winter has been especially hard on roads, with rising-and-falling temperatures and a lot of snow and freezing rain that required massive amounts of road salt.
 
Drivers reporting potholes can call 888-275-6636, or go to MoDOT's website or social media platforms.
Published in Local News
Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:48

MODOT honors snow plow hero

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Department of Transportation worker has been honored for saving a woman from a burning home while he was plowing snow last month.
The state Highways and Transportation Commission says Micah Lasley was plowing in the central Missouri town of Calwood on Feb. 10 when he saw an elderly man standing in a front yard.
 
Lasley stopped and the man said his wife still was inside their burning home. Lasley went inside, carried the woman out and called 911.
The state commission presented Lasley its Meritorious Safety Award on Wednesday. Officials say they learned of the situation when the couple's niece reported Lasley's action to MoDOT.
Published in Local News
Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:41

Who's First? MoDOT's Plowing Priorities

   As the snow and sleet continue to fall in the St. Louis area, most of the interstate highways were in fairly good shape Sunday afternoon.  Most of the surface streets were still fairly icy.  More snow is expected Sunday night into Monday, and the storm is wide-spread, covering much of the state.  So Missouri Transportation officials must prioritize snow and ice removal.  MoDOT officials issued the following statement reguarding their plowing priorities:
 
   MoDOT adjusts its practices to deal differently with each storm and tries to return roads to near-normal driving conditions as soon as possible after a storm's end.  Because MoDOT doesn't have enough workers or trucks to clear every highway immediately after a snowstorm, the department has set priorities for which roads to clear first.
   * Roads with the highest traffic volumes are plowed or treated first. These roads include interstates and other busy state routes, which receive ongoing operations throughout a storm.
   * Lettered and numbered routes with lower traffic volumes are plowed to allow for two-way traffic, with concentration on hills, curves, and intersections. Traffic on these roads may have more snow on them until the higher-volume roads are mostly clear.
   As soon as possible after a storm ends, our goal is to return highest traveled routes to mostly clear conditions and to plow and treat the critical areas of hills, curves and intersections on all other routes.
   Even after all the driving lanes are mostly clear though, MODOT's work is not done. Workers now must clean up the accumulation of snow on shoulders, bridge edges and at interchanges during normal working hours.
 
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Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:28

MoDOT issues state-wide travel advisory

   JEFFERSON CITY, MO – With weekend snow and freezing rain covering the most of the state, Missouri travelers are advised to use caution if they must travel Sunday evening and Monday morning.
   Snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to continue statewide, affecting road conditions overnight. Extreme cold temperatures and high wind continues to be a concern, causing blowing and drifting snow.
   "MoDOT crews will work throughout the night to keep roads plowed and treated," said Beth Wright, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. "We encourage people to stay tuned to local weather forecasts, check road conditions on MoDOT's traveler map, and avoid travel if possible."
   Heavier snow is in the forecast for northern and central Missouri with accumulations expected to reach from 3 to 6 inches, and a possibility of 1 to 3 inches in the southern counties of the state. Precipitation is expected to continue through Monday morning.
   If you must travel, take your mobile phone and winter survival supplies. If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you. 
   Remember the following winter driving tips:
 
   ·       Wear your seat belt.
   ·       Slow down, and adjust your speed to the conditions.
   ·       Give snow plows plenty of room.
   ·       Keep your windshield and windows clear to help you see.
   ·       Be alert and remember that road conditions can change very quickly.
   ·       Allow extra travel time to get to your destination.
 
   Stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org or through the smartphone app. The map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and highways. You can zoom in to a particular location, check live weather radar and view images from MoDOT's traffic cameras and message boards.
   MoDOT also provides road conditions information through the Customer Service Center. Dial 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) to speak to a customer service representative. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
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   Freezing rain is taking it's toll on area roadways.  Icy conditions caused dozens of crashes Monday morning.
   Icy conditions are blamed for four accidents in a five-mile stretch of Interstate 55 before 7:00 a.m.  Police say two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a three-car crash at I-55 and Lindbergh.  Police also say a car slid on the ice and struck an emergency vehicle working that accident.  
   Police say most of the accidents were caused by drivers going too fast for the slick road conditions.
   MoDOT District Engineer Becky Allmeroth says crews began pretreating area roads at midnight. Allmeroth says if motorists in these areas can delay travel until late morning it will help.  
   MoDOT crews are using a combination of salt brine, rock salt and beet juice to improve areas roadways during this storm.
   With warmer weather on the horizon, St. Louis City Streets Director Todd Waelterman says crews will have to be ready to switch gears, literally overnight.  Waeltermann tells Fox 2 News that today's winter weather will quickly be replaced by Pothole season. 
   "You know the roads have opened up considerably, and with the warmer weather, you're going to see a lot of movement of this pavement," Waelterman said.  "So it is going to be pothole week."
 
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Crews on both sides of the river continue their work to clear the roads.

 

MoDOT is asking any motorists who hit the roads today, to use extra caution. Conditions have improved most on major highways, but most state routes are still covered or partly covered with snow or ice. MoDOT officials say crews will continue to work on a 24-hour schedule. Drivers are being warned that blowing snow and dropping temperatures will cause conditions to deteriorate this evening.

 

The lower the temperature drops, the less effective salt becomes. Crews will be adding abrasive materials--such as sand--to the salt, to provide drivers increased traction.

 

You can check road conditions at modot.org.

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