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Second Public Meeting on Route N Study
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 10, 2019 - The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting later this month to discuss the latest developments in the Route N Study in St. Charles County.
Members of the Route N Study team will be on hand to discuss the various concepts being proposed and the public will be able to provide feedback about those plans.
The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby at Liberty High School, 2275 Sommers Road in Lake Saint Louis.
The Route N Study is evaluating issues and concerns on Route N between the intersection of South Point Prairie Road and Jackson Road and the I-64/Route 364 interchange. The study began in August 2018 and is expected to take about 15 months to complete.
Since there are no formal presentations during the public meeting, participants may attend at any time during the open house. For more information on the study, go to www.RouteNStudy.com.
MoDOT Updates Schedule for Delayed I-44 Bridge Near Shrewsbury
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 3, 2019 - MoDOT has determined an updated schedule to complete construction on the eastbound I-44 bridge over the BNSF railroad near Shrewsbury.
In November, the department suspended construction on the bridge to analyze a concern with the greater than usual cracking on the westbound I-44 bridge in the same area. Although the bridge is safe, the greater than usual cracking will limit the useful life of the bridge.
Earlier this month, the department received the complex report analyzing the westbound bridge. The report states that the bridge, as designed, was not able to appropriately handle the thermal expansion forces - the forces when bridges expand and contract due to heating and cooling. The bridge deck was placed in fall 2017, and the cracking got progressively worse as the temperatures warmed up through spring and summer 2018.
"After we and the contractor were able to review the report and the supporting data, we were able to determine an updated schedule for the project," said Tom Blair, MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer.
Currently, the contractor team is working on an updated design to address the original bridge deficiencies. That design should be completed and reviewed by the end of March. Then crews will be able to complete construction of the eastbound bridge. That is projected to take until mid-summer.
Once the eastbound bridge is complete and reopened to traffic, crews will work on making needed repairs to the westbound bridge. That work is projected to be complete by mid-fall. The westbound bridge remains safe to use.
"We will continue to work with our contractor to quickly resolve all of the design and construction issues on this project. Everyone understands the urgency of the traffic situation. The contractor team is committed to providing the resources necessary to correct any deficiencies and to timely complete the project. MoDOT will work closely with them to expedite the bridge work and get traffic back on eastbound I-44," said Blair.
Martin Luther King Bridge Closed Until 2019
The Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of Laclede's Landing, will be closed through early fall of 2019.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Martin Luther King Bridge to perform extensive repairs to the ramps and roadways leading to the Martin Luther King Bridge.
The Martin Luther King Bridge will remain closed through early fall of 2019.
Motorists are urged to plan accordingly and use alternate routes including the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate forms of transportation including carpooling and public tranportation.
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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