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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Reduced Travel
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), January 14, 2017, 2016 - Motorists should avoid travel if possible in Missouri through Sunday due to ongoing significant amounts of freezing rain, sleet and ice. Conditions vary across the state, so motorists should check weather forecasts and avoid travel until temperatures stay above freezing.
"MoDOT crews have been working around the clock continuing to treat roads with salt and abrasives," said MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. "Ice is the most difficult storm to fight. The reduced amount of traffic on the roads the past 24 hours has provided room for crews to work. We are keeping up with the changing conditions but it is a continual battle. The precipitation is coming in waves, and we have to apply more salt."
Many universities and colleges across the state begin next Tuesday. Students are advised to consider travel after the ice storm is clear and temperatures rise above freezing late Sunday and Monday.
"A heavy wave of ice is expected overnight into Sunday morning with large areas of the state expected to get a half inch. That amount can cause sagging tree limbs and downed power lines on roadways," Allmeroth said. "Motorists should stay away from downed power lines and treat dark intersections as four-way stops."
If a section of highway is shut down for extended periods, motorists should heed the warnings on the digital signs and exit the highway at the next available exit. To check road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, please check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as a free app on iTunes and Google play listed as MoDOT Traveler Information. MoDOT's customer service center is available for information 24 hours a day at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).
When roads get icy, please consider putting chains on vehicles if you have to travel and significantly reduce your speed. Please use proper winter safety precautions and make sure you have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves and provisions like water and snacks. Please wear your seat belt and don't drive distracted. Leave plenty of space behind other vehicles and give snow plows room to work. If you encounter car troubles or are involved in a crash, please remain in your vehicle.
MoDOT to Close Lanes, Ramps Near PSB Overnight Next Week
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 14, 2017, 2016 - Drivers who use the Poplar Street Bridge (Congressman William L Clay Sr Bridge) overnight to head into Illinois may want to consider other options next week as MoDOT crews work on the PSB over I-44.
All work is weather permitting and may be adjusted due to inclement weather.
Monday, January 16, through Wednesday, January 18, crews will close several lanes and ramps as crews remove barrier wall on the bridge as part of on-going construction. Overnight work runs from 8 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the following day. During work, drivers can expect:
Design Work Gets Underway on New MetroLink Station
- The ramp from eastbound I-44 to Walnut Street will be closed.
- One lane on eastbound I-44 under the Poplar Street Bridge will be closed; Crews will completely close the interstate for up to 15 minutes while removing barrier from the bridge above.
- The ramp from Marion onto eastbound I-44 will be closed
- One lane on eastbound I-64 between 6th Street and the Poplar Street Bridge will be closed.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - A design team has been selected for a new MetroLink station, which will be built near the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis.
The design group is being managed by the HNTB Corporation and includes KAI, Access Engineering, Glasper Professional Services, TSi Geotechnical and Kivindyo Engineering Services. The design phase for the new station, which will be located on the MetroLink system between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street, is expected to take 10 to 12 months.
The overall project will include the construction of the new MetroLink station, an addition to the Great Rivers Greenway bike path, and an extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink Station.
Construction of the new station is anticipated to begin next summer and be completed in 2018. When finished, the new station will support transit alternatives for an estimated 13,000 permanent jobs projected to be created in the central St. Louis corridor.
The MetroLink station project is being funded largely by a $10.3 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project was one of 72 transportation projects selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation's 2014 TIGER Program from a pool of almost 800 eligible applications from across the nation.
The remainder of the project cost is being supported by a public-private partnership that includes BJC Healthcare, the Cortex Innovation Community, Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis Development Corporation and Washington University.
Gateway Guide Offers Live Views of St. Louis Traffic
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Does your daily commute catch you by surprise? Is it smooth sailing or are there crashes and other incidents on your path home that will cause you delays? Check out MoDOT's new and improved Gatewayguide.com website for live traffic information and alerts before you leave for work or home.
MoDOT's new GatewayGuide.com website shows nearly 300 live camera views updating every couple of seconds, displays real-time information on incidents and work zones with lane closures and is mobile friendly for your smart phone or other cellular device.
"You can sign up for personalized My STL Traffic alerts specific to the highway you use at the times you need it each day," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair. "These alerts can be sent to you by text or email to the device you choose and will inform you of crashes or other lane closures. Our goal is to keep traffic moving. The better informed you are of current road conditions, the better choices you can make for a quick, safe trip."
The new website provides a tour of camera views from one end of an interstate to the other. It also shows a live Twitter feed from MoDOT's @StLouisTraffic. Check out the new website at www.gatewayguide.com.
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