David, Linda and Todd are now accepting questions for their 1 p.m. chat on April 4. Please note that it is now possible to enter questions above or to tweet questions AND photos using the hashtag #stlroadcrew. Pothole problem? Confusing traffic sign? Send a photo.
I'll have our signals team check it out. Thanks for the heads up. David Wrone, St. Louis County
This project belongs to the City of Green Park. (St. Louis County has no involvement in it.) Please contact Green Park's City Administrator's office at 314-894-7336. David Wrone, St. Louis County
This project is scheduled to be bid later this year, with work actually beginning either at the tail end of '12 or early spring of '13. David Wrone, St. Louis County
The closure is scheduled to begin June 15, and will last until July 14 (2012). David Wrone, St. Louis County
The City of Green Park is responsible for this project. St. Louis County has no involvement in it. Please call Green Park's City Administrator's office at 314-894-7336. David Wrone, St. Louis County
vettech79 - please let me know where on I-44 those signs are missing (which direction and near which exits). I will get with our sign folks to get those back up. Law enforcement (highway patrol and municipal PD) is responsible for enforcing the restricting against trucks over a certain weight using the left lane of interstates with at least three lanes. If you see a location where this seems to happen a lot, you might share that with them.
Those signs are required due to the air quality in the greater St. Louis region. We are required to keep them available at all times during the air quality monitoring period (usually May through September).The overhead message boards are primarily for travel times and for emergency messages about roadway conditions ahead. Those messages would overrule any safety (or air quality) messages that we might post. Since we have to have the air quality messages out at all times, we keep them on the roadside changeable message signs. - Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
What! Work on I-64 during the opening Cards/Cubs weekend? MoDOT doesn't have any plans for construction work that weekend. I haven't heard of any plans from IDOT.
The Route 141 and Page Olive Connector projects should be open to through traffic around July -- there may be some remaining work needed to tie in Woods Mill Road and Ladue after that. The 364 project to Mid Rivers Mall should be completed this fall. - Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
The double white line from I-270 to I-70 was somewhat of a special case. The Maryland Heights police department got a safety grant to implement and incorporate that double white line as part of a Travel Safe zone. They enforce the double white line, and write all the tickets for it. The municipality around the south end of I-170 would have to pass an ordinance and the police department would have to enforce it for something similar to happen at I- 170. - Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
There are several signs in place already to tell people how to merge and drive through the two lane ramp -- More signs aren't really going to help. However, I will pass this on to our traffic experts to see if they have any thoughts to improve it. - Andrew Gates MoDOT Community Relations
You're welcome -- I know our workers, as well as the county and city departments work very hard to keep the roadways as smooth and maintained as possible. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
I've shared this with the construction folks responsible for the project near the Arch. We'll get out to take a look at it and fix it. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
St. Louis County - or, rather a contractor hired by St. Louis County - is widening one mile of Baxter Road to three lanes, between Claymont Estates Drive and Heathercroft Drive. (Previously, this section of Baxter consisted only of two lanes - one in each direction.) Our contractor, Pace Construction, also is building 2,300 feet of new sidewalk on Baxter's west side, and shaving several feet off a sight-obscuring hill within the job's parameters. Work began in the spring of '11 and will conclude this December. The project is on schedule, and will cost $5.2 million. David Wrone, St. Louis County
That's to accomodate the new Central School Road bridge -- the new Route 364 will go under Central School Road bridge (which will stay at the same level (or grade) as the exiting road). Since Route 364 drops so much in that location, they have to take a lot of earth out. -- Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
We have this $1 million-plus overlay job scheduled for '14, but are currently trying to allocate funds that would allow us to get it done before then. David Wrone, St. Louis County
I've sent your suggestion to our signals group for consideration. Thank you. David Wrone St. Louis County
We do not anticipate putting a signal in at the intersection of the South Outer 364, Route N and Bates Road -- Traffic around that area will be addressed in some fashion in the Page Phase 3 project. Since this is a design-build project, we won't have specific details until 2013. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
MoDOT has plans to resurface portions of I-55 south of Jefferson County this year. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
Andrew -- The I-55 Bypass route is a test project that we are working on. If there is a major incident on I-55, we can use the overhead message boards to let drivers know of the best ways to bypass that route, directing them down the appropriate bypass route. Andrew Gates, MoDOT Community Relations
I'm not quite sure to what you're referring in reference to "very little work gets finished." Our contractor poured the entire deck last month - 550 cubic yards of concrete. Workers are currently installing drainage pipes and preparing to install the iron supports necessary for the structure's approach slabs. We'll soon be pouring sidewalks on the deck, as well. High water levels did in fact severely limit progress on this structure. This wasn't "bunk." Repeatedly, work was halted - sometimes for months - because the river was simply too high. Work was halted from November through February of last/this year because it was too risky to pour 550 cubic yards of concrete without the certainty of having seven consecutive warm days required for the "curing" process. Had we proceeded with the pour, say, in December, and wound up having it ruined by a sudden (but typical) drop in temperatures, we would have had to rip it all out and re-pour - at taxpayers' expense. The bridge is scheduled for completion by this August. David Wrone, St. Louis County