Missouri Department of Transportation

CityArchRiver Project
2:41 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Park Over The Highway' Portion Of Arch Overhaul Reaches Milestone

The completed bottom component of the "park over the highway."
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Deanna Venker of the Missouri Department of Transportation is accustomed to building bridges for cars and trucks.

But MoDOT’s area engineer for the city of St. Louis said constructing the so-called “park over the highway” in front of the Gateway Arch is a bit out of the ordinary.

“This is a very different bridge in the sense that there’s not going to be any cars or trucks going over,” Venker said. “It’s strictly a park over the highway for pedestrians and bicyclists that are coming into the park area.”

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Accident Prevention
4:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

New Signs Aim To Prevent Drunken Driving In Downtown St. Louis

One of the new signs that can be found on taxi stands throughout Downtown St. Louis.
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

Throughout downtown St. Louis, new signs can be found on the sidewalks and taxi stands.

The signs are part of a public awareness campaign that was launched Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the St. Louis Taxi Commission that aims to reduce the number of drunken driving accidents.

Leanna Depue, the director of Highway Safety for MoDOT, said that in 2013, 223 people were killed and 745 seriously injured in substance-related crashes.

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Transportation
8:49 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

MoDOT To Test New Method Of Wrong-Way Accident Prevention

Credit MoDOT

Transportation officials are hoping a new pilot program will help cut down on the number of wrong-way accidents on Interstate-44 in St. Louis.

According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, there have been 25 crashes on I-44 caused by drivers headed in the wrong direction on the interstate in the last eight years.

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On The August Ballot
10:29 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Commentary: Why Not Raise Missouri's Gas Tax Instead Of Sales Tax?

On I-70
Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews)

During its recently completed session, the Missouri General Assembly passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to increase the state sales tax to pay for improvements to highways and for other transportation needs. This action is interesting for a couple of reasons.

First is the underlying assumption that voters are in fact capable of making an informed decision about how to generate revenue for the state.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Bridge Opening Should Give Commuters More Breathing Room

(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After four years under construction and more than a decade of planning, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will open for traffic Sunday, February 9. And when the bridge opens, so does another option for drivers making the commute across the Mississippi.

“What we anticipate is about 20 percent of the traffic coming off Poplar Street, about 50 percent coming off MLK/Eads,” Randy Hitt of the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

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On the Trail
11:40 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Transportation Tax Supporters Still Aim For 2014 Vote

A sales tax increase for transportation projects could reemerge next year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Proponents of a transportation sales tax were dealt a big blow last year when a legislative effort died at the last minute. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on putting a 1-cent sales tax increase before voters.   

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Transportation
5:34 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New Railroad Bridge Opens Between St. Louis And Jefferson City

An Amtrak train crosses over the new railroad bridge minutes after being opened for rail traffic at Osage City, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.

The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It

MoDot

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has unveiled a 20-year plan that's based on more than 12,000 suggestions from the public.

However, the state currently cannot afford to implement it.

MoDOT Director Dave Nichols says it would cost more than $70 Billion to fund all the suggestions they've received from Missouri residents, and that his agency is currently estimated to only have $17 billion available over the next 20 years.

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Culture
1:24 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Going Up? Check Out The View From The Top Of The New Mississippi River Bridge

Looking back at downtown St. Louis on the way up to the top of one of the towers of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Scared of heights? Luckily for us, and for you, our Rachel Lippmann isn't.

On Thursday, Rachel got a tour up (and inside) the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, which will carry Interstate 70 across the Mississippi River.

Enjoy the views - without any of the risk. 

Mississippi River Bridge
3:20 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Look: Structural Work Completed On New 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge'

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuver the final steel girder into place on the Stan Musial Veteran's Memorial Bridge on July 26, 2013.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 3:43 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.

Three and a half years after the project began, the structural work is done on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuvered the 30,000-pound steel girder into place on Friday, officially connecting the $667 million bridge that will carry Interstate 70 over the river.

Watch its last few movements:

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