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MoDOT Seeks Proposals for 'Smart Highways'
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 16, 2016, 2016 - As a part of its "Road to Tomorrow" initiative, the Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking proposals for a pilot project to incorporate innovative technology into a Missouri roadway that potentially could generate new revenue streams for transportation.

The project will evaluate if "smart pavement" can make roads sustainably self-funded by providing value-added wireless services to support mobile connectivity and next-generation electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.

"We want to see if interstate travelways can become a platform to generate revenue through the collection and transmission of technology and data services," Road to Tomorrow Team Lead Tom Blair said.

Proposals are due October 31, 2016, and MoDOT hopes to select a best-value proposer in early 2017.

MoDOT's "Road to Tomorrow" initiative aims to develop public-private partnerships to look at new and innovative ways to fund Missouri's transportation infrastructure. Another pilot project to evaluate "solar roadways" begins before snow flies at the Conway Welcome Center on Interstate 44.

MoDOT's Kansas City District will lead the effort. For more information, contact Kansas City Assistant District Engineer Brian Kidwell at 816-607-2282 or brian.kidwell@modot.mo.gov.


MoDOT Has Closed Ramp from Grand to Eastbound I-44
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 16, 2016, 2016 - Drivers on Grand who use eastbound I-44 to head into the city will need to use Chouteau and Jefferson.

The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the ramp from Grand to eastbound I-44 on Monday, September 12. The ramp will be closed for two weeks as crews construct new asphalt to connect the ramp to the new Grand Bridge over I-44.

With the ramp closed, drivers will not be able to access eastbound I-44 from Grand from either direction. They should use Chouteau and Jefferson, or Gravois and Jefferson, to detour around the ramp closure.

Drivers will still be able to turn right from southbound Grand to westbound I-44, and will be able to turn left from the ramp from eastbound I-44 at Detonty to northbound Grand. Trucks and busses should continue to avoid the area due to the tight left turn.

Since left turns from northbound Grand are still restricted, drivers on northbound Grand should continue to use Chouteau and Vandeventer, or Jefferson, to get onto westbound I-44.


Design Work Gets Underway on New MetroLink Station
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 21, 2016 - 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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