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MoDOT hosting two public meetings and an online survey for input on how you use I-70 for your daily commute, to transport goods across the country, to reach school, or to travel to and from the many activities St. Louis has to offer. Archived © slfp.com photo
MoDOT Seeks Public Thoughts on Future of I-70
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 22, 2017, 2016 - How should Interstate 70 (I-70), and the area around it, look in the future? What changes would be welcome and what should be preserved? What multimodal considerations should be included? Now you have an opportunity to share your ideas about this critical part of our region.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is taking a high-level look at what I-70 is today, and envisioning what it can be in the future. A new study, managed by MoDOT, in close coordination with East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Metro, will look at the area of the interstate beginning just west of the I-70/I-64 interchange in Wentzville and continuing through the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge complex to the end of the express lanes in downtown St. Louis City.
The area includes a vibrant mix of residential, commercial, and industrial land uses. Whether you use I-70 for your daily commute, to transport goods across the country, to reach school, or to travel to and from the many activities St. Louis has to offer, MoDOT needs your thoughts.
The public is invited to attend the first of two public meetings to be held as part of this study. The meeting, Thursday, March 30, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. will be held at the Normandy Government Office Courtroom, 7700 Natural Bridge Road, Normandy, MO 63121.
During this meeting attendees can learn more about the study and share your ideas for the I-70 corridor in our region, from the I-70/I-64 interchange in Wentzville through the New Mississippi River Bridge complex to the end of the express lanes in downtown St. Louis.
To provide your input, visit www.envisioni70.com, where you can take a brief survey, share your ideas for the I-70 corridor, and learn more about this study.
MoDOT Closes 7th Street Ramp to WB I-44, SB I-55 until July
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 19, 2017, 2016 - MoDOT crews have closed the ramp from 7th Street to westbound I-44/southbound I-55 as part of bridge work downtown.
The ramp must remain closed until July, as there is too little space to safely merge vehicles onto the interstate from the ramp. Crews have narrowed lanes along westbound I-44/southbound I-55 and placed barrier wall as part of on-going maintenance on the interstate bridge between the Poplar Street Bridge and the I-44/I-55 interchange.
In addition to the ramp closure, drivers can expect one lane closed on the ramp from the westbound Poplar Street Bridge to westbound I-44/southbound I-55. They will also have three 10-foot lanes on westbound I-44/southbound I-55 between the Poplar Street Bridge and the I-44/I-55 interchange. The lanes and ramp will remain this way until the bridge work on westbound I-44/southbound I-55 is completed in July.
MoDOT, St. Louis County Employees and Partners Run for Safety
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 12, 2017, 2016 - MoDOT and St. Louis County employees, their families and partners will take to the streets Saturday, April 1, to honor individuals who have been injured or lost their lives in work zones and to keep others safe.
Saturday, April 1, participants will walk, jog and even run in the annual Work Zone Awareness 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk in Chesterfield. They hope to help motorists remember that construction season is underway and to watch out for workers in those highway construction and maintenance work zones.
Less than a year ago, MoDOT maintenance worker Lyndon Ebker, was killed in a work zone. Ebker was a 30-year employee and was part of bridge flushing operation when he was struck by a vehicle in Franklin County.
Workers like Mark Fresen, also know what it's like to be the victim of a work zone crash. Fresen was a St. Louis maintenance worker in 2009, when he was struck in a work zone on Interstate 70 in St. Louis County. He suffered disabling injuries. Fresen attends the run/walk each year.
His presence and that of other fallen workers' families is testimony to what can happen if motorists are distracted in work zones. Since 1946, 27 St. Louis area MoDOT workers have lost their lives while performing their work on area roadways.
Private partners, along with MoDOT-St. Louis volunteers, organized the event to bring attention to increasing number of workers who will be on the roadways, this spring. They will also memorialize workers and others who have been injured or killed in work zones. April is considered the start of construction season across most of the country. The race will kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3- 7.
MoDOT to Close Ramp from Shrewsbury to I-44, March 6
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 27, 2017, 2016 - Drivers who use I-44 to get into the city should allow themselves a little extra time as they enter or exit the city limits for the remainder of the year.
On Monday, March 6, the Missouri Department of Transportation will start preliminary work to renovate the I-44 bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad at the St. Louis City limits.
Crews will close the ramp from Shrewsbury to eastbound I-44 at 9 a.m. Monday, March 6. The ramp will remain closed until December 2017. Crews will start working on building up the shoulders at the ramp area to prepare for an upcoming traffic shift later in March. During much of March, drivers can expect one lane closed eastbound and westbound on I-44 during non-peak hours. Eastbound work will typically run between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; westbound work will run between about 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.
In late March, crews will close one lane on eastbound and westbound I-44 around the clock. They will shift the lanes of westbound I-44 onto the eastbound bridge over the railroad. Drivers will have three lanes in each direction as crews work on the westbound bridge this year. Work on the westbound bridge continues until December.
To detour around the ramp closure, drivers can access eastbound I-44 at Arsenal. The westbound ramp at Shrewsbury will not be impacted by the ongoing construction. Currently, work is scheduled for the eastbound bridge between March and December 2018. Drivers can expect similar restrictions as a part of that construction work
More details will be released as soon as they become available.
Top 10 Biggest Impact Work Zones in St. Louis Region
JST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 19, 2017, 2016 - Spring will officially begin next month and more people will take to the roads and begin traveling. March also begins the season for road construction and work zones for MoDOT crews and contractors.
Some work is already underway, but in just a couple of weeks motorists will begin to see the impact on and around the Poplar Street Bridge downtown.
"The Poplar Street Bridge job and nearly all the work that we'll be doing is rehabilitation/repair or improvements to our existing roads and bridges. We want to make sure that motorists know where the most impacts to traffic are expected so they can be prepared," said MoDOT District Engineer Greg Horn.
MoDOT projects expected to have the biggest traffic impact to motorists in and around the St. Louis region this year are:
St. Louis City:
St Louis County:
- 1. I-64 Poplar Street Bridge widening - This project adds an eastbound lane to the Poplar Street Bridge (PSB), adds a second lane to the northbound I-55 ramp, and extends the 6th Street ramp into Illinois. Work will also overlay the eastbound lanes and repaint the bridge. March to mid-August three lanes remain open on eastbound I-64. Then, the northbound I-55 ramp to PSB closes until late December 2017. Work starts in early 2017 and should be complete in fall 2018.
- 2. I-64 bridge maintenance work - Work overlays 18 bridges on both eastbound and westbound I-64 from Tamm to Lindbergh. There will be weekend and overnight lane closures. Work will begin early July and will be complete in November 2017.
- 3. I-55 bridge rehabilitation - This project rehabilitates the southbound and northbound bridges over the 3rd Street Viaduct as well as the ramps between the interstate and 7th and 8th streets. It will include three narrow lanes on northbound I-55/eastbound I-44 and a one lane reduction on the ramp from northbound I-55/Lafayette. Work is in process and will be finished in late 2017.
- 4. I-70 and I-170 bridge maintenance work - This work provides road improvements on all bridges in the interchange. There will be weekend ramp closures and traffic pattern shifts on and around the interchange. This project begun last year will be complete by summer 2017.
- 5. I-270 - Pavement repairs. Work includes pavement repair and resurfacing between Route 364 and I-55. During this project, up to three lanes will be closed on I-270 during off peak hours. Work will start on the northern portion of the interstate (between Route 364 and Route 100) in 2017 and will continue between Route 100 and I-55 in 2018.
- 6. I-44 over Union Pacific Railroad bridge rehabilitation - This project removes and replaces the driving surface from Murdock to the River Des Peres and renovates the bridge over Union Pacific Railroad. During construction the ramp from Shrewsbury to the interstate will be closed. One lane on I-44 will be closed around the clock during bridge construction. The project starts in 2017 and will be completed in 2018.
St. Charles County:
- 7. Interstate 55 from north of Route Z to the Ste. Genevieve County line - Rehab of 21 bridges over northbound and southbound I-55, as well as pavement and guardrail improvements on I-55. The work will begin in March and continues through 2018. There will be overnight and weekend lane closures for much of the year as crews work to rehab the bridges. No full closures are expected. The zipper merge is encouraged on this project.
- 8. Interstate 70 from Fifth Street to Mid Rivers - Pavement and barrier wall improvements to begin in spring 2017. This work will require overnight and off-peak lane closures. Completion will be in spring 2019. There will actually be two separate projects along this stretch: I-70 from 5th Street to Mid Rivers Mall Drive, and eight bridge deck treatments. Of the eight bridges, I-70@ Rte. Z and I-70@ Wentzville Parkway will have the most traffic impact.
- 9. Route 61 from Granville Drive to Route P - There are several proposed safety improvements along the two-and-a-half mile stretch that include:
- Removing the Route P and Peine Road crossovers and replacing them with one interchange to serve both roads.
- Converting the Grothe Road crossover to a right-in/right-out intersection and extending the merge lanes on Route 61.
- Converting both Granville Drive crossings to a right-in/right out intersection and extending the southbound Route 61 right turn lane at the eastern Granville Drive crossing.
Work will begin this summer and will be completed in the summer of 2018. There will be weekend and overnight lane closures.
In addition to these construction work zones, this is also the time when maintenance crews will be out in moving/mobile work zones on roadways, performing pothole patching, striping and other tasks.
- 10. Route 47 Missouri River Bridge - The project began in late summer 2016 and will be completed in late 2018, with the old bridge demolished in 2019. Off-peak lane closures will continue during this work.
"It is important that motorists pay attention; stay buckled up and put phones down as they travel through any and all of our work zones. Last year, there were 7 work zone crashes that resulted in the loss of 7 lives. We want motorists and our crews to go home safely every day. That means that our crews must be careful and alert and motorists must be focused on the road," Horn said.
MoDOT to Relocate Commuter Lot at I-44
JST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 15, 2017, 2016 - Drivers who use the commuter lot on Interstate 44 at Route 141 should be prepared to drive a little further east after the Missouri Department of Transportation relocates the lot.
The lot moves from the west side of Route 141 to the east side, off the north outer roadway. The relocation was needed as part of on-going construction for a new flyover ramp and a more robust outer road system being constructed as part of the Route 141 Design Build project.
Crews will open the new lot on the east side of Route 141 on Friday, February 17, and will permanently close the commuter lot on the west side of Route 141 on Monday, February 20.
During on-going construction, drivers traveling in either direction on I-44 or Route 141 can use South Highway Drive, Maritz, North Highway Drive, the roundabout and the north outer road to get to the new commuter lot. Drivers on southbound Route 141 can take the existing ramp to the north outer road and turn right to get to the new commuter lot until crews close the ramp in March as part of ongoing construction.
Design Work Gets Underway on New MetroLink Station
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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