Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation are preparing for expected winter weather this week.
MoDOT crews are ready to plow and treat roads as needed. They want to remind drivers that even a light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. Motorists should allow for extra time when there has been inclement weather.
One of the easiest ways to check road conditions is the MoDOT Traveler Information Map which can be found at modot.org.
MoDOT also released some tips for driving in inclement weather:
·Steer and brake gently.
·Accelerate slowly at intersections.
·Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
·Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt.
· Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
·Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A newly released report says a funding gap exists between the transportation system that Missourians demand and the one the state can provide with current funds.
Missouri Department of Transportation officials outlined more than $70 billion of wants, needs and projects Thursday in unveiling a draft of the agency's latest 20-year plan.
But MoDot said that the amount is significantly greater than the estimated $17.3 billion of funding available over the next 20 years. One of the most expensive proposed projects - improving Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis - would cost from $2 billion to $4 billion.
MoDot talked to Missourians statewide about what they wanted in developing the draft.
Drivers are encouraged to avoid a section of Mid Rivers Mall Drive starting tonight.
MoDOT is shutting down the Mid Rivers Mall Drive Bridge over Interstate 70. One lane in each direction on the bridge will close at 7 p.m. Then at 11 p.m., crews will close the entire bridge for paving work.
The bridge should reopen Wednesday evening.
St. Charles County drivers can expect delays this week near Mid Rivers Mall.
The bridge carrying Mid Rivers Mall Bridge over Interstate 70 closed at 11:00 p.m. Monday for paving operations. Missouri Transportation officials say it will be closed until Wednesday evening.
The work is part of the diverging diamond interchange being built to ease congestion at I-70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive.
MoDOT officials say more road closures are planned for the last week of October.
It's that time of year to check and double-check and that is why safety child seat checkups will be available on Saturday.
National data reveals up to 80% of all child safety seats are installed incorrectly, so the Missouri Department of Transportation is teaming up with Safe Kids to host child safety seat checkpoints in St. Louis County, Franklin County and Jefferson County.
The checkpoints will be staffed by safety technicians from MoDOT and Safe Kids this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
The checkpoint in St. Louis County is at Holy Trinity Church, 3500 St. Luke Lane in St. Ann.
In Franklin County the location is Mercy Hospital in Washington and in Jefferson County, the High Ridge Fire Protection District on High Ridge Blvd. will host a checkpoint.
Area transportation officials are trying to make it as easy as possible for fans to travel into downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals and Blues games today. The Redbirds open postseason play at Busch Stadium with a 4:07 first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Blues open their regular season against the Nashville Predators with a 7:30 faceoff at Scottrade Center.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers heading eastbound on Interstate 70 they now have the option of taking the new Tucker Boulevard exit ramp and following the new section of Tucker into downtown. The Pine Street entrance to westbound Interstate 64/40 opened on Wednesday. MODOT also says it will not have any work zones in the city of St. Louis prior to the games.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will postpone westbound lane restrictions on Interstate 64 and Interstate 55/70 in the Metro East until 8 p.m.
And Metro transit spokeswoman Patti Beck says the agency will have extra staff on duty today and will be prepared to add MetroLink trains should there be signs of crowding.
Mizzou fans may want to avoid Interstate 70 if they are heading down to Columbia for the game this weekend; MoDOT will be closing sections of the highway in St. Peters.
Crews will close two left lanes of westbound 70 between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Route 79 starting at 9 PM Friday. One lane will open Sunday at noon, but the far left westbound lane will remain closed through Friday, October 4.
This work is part of a project constructing a diverging diamond interchange.
The project also includes the construction of an additional westbound I-70 lane between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Route 79.
Visit the project website: www.modot.org/stlouis/I-70andMidRiversMallDriveDivergingDiamondInterchange.htm
Plan ahead -- for ways to avoid work zones, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visit our website at www.modot.org/
Temperatures may be in the 70's and 80's but that isn't stopping MoDOT from preparing for wintry weather.
MoDOT is hiring for emergency snow removal crews. They are looking for on-call operators that will help 2,400 full-time employees to maintain over 33,000 miles of roadways. The on-call employees will be trained to supplement MoDOT's snow removal operations.
Pay for the positions average around $14 an hour. More information on the job requirements and where to apply can be found at modot.org or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT.
Riders on the MetroLink could experience short delays this week.
Work is scheduled to start today and is expected to run through Sunday. MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Rock Road and Wellston stations today, Friday, and over the weekend. Red Line passengers could be delayed up to 10 minutes. Tuesday through Thursday, a single track will operate at the UMSL South, UMSL North, and North Hanley stations.
Blue Line passengers could then experience short delays.
IDOT and MoDOT continue bi-annual bridge inspections tomorrow. Wednesday, crews had lanes closed on the Chain of Rocks and Clark Bridges.
Thursday, the eastbound right lane on the MLK Bridge will be closed from 8 AM to noon. The eastbound left lane will remain open.