MoDOT | St. Louis Public Radio

MoDOT

(Missouri Department of Transportation/Facebook)

This year’s array of snowstorms kept governmental entities across Missouri busy plowing roads. It hasn't been cheap to keep streets clear.  And the expense is expected to go up as winter storms continue their blitz across the St. Louis area and the Show Me State.

To understand just how much more expensive this winter is than previous years, Missouri Department of Transportation’s Elizabeth Wright provides some perspective.  She says it’s cost the state around $40 million to plow snow off state roads so far. But MoDOT spends on average $42 million every year.

Missouri Department of Transportation | Flickr

Missouri's transportation funding outlook has become so bleak that the state's Highways and Transportation Commission has stopped adding new projects to its five-year construction program.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

(via Flickr/MoDOT Photos)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is ending its five-year experiment with variable speed limit signs on Interstate 270.

Crews began removing the 70 digital signs from along the highway Wednesday. The work should be done in about two weeks.

MoDOT installed the signs in 2008 as a way to get traffic to slow down if there was congestion ahead. For the first three years, the speed limits they posted were enforceable, but MoDOT made them advisory-only in 2011.

(via Flickr/Zahlm)

Update, 6:24 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. 

At 7:45 p.m. on Saturday evening, crews opened the westbound I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge.

Original Story  

Work on various roadways will slow down St. Louis drivers this weekend. Here's a quick guide on what's happening:

(via Flickr/MoDOTPhotos)

The Missouri Department of Transportation will end its phone-based traveler information service for the St. Louis area on Saturday because of funding problems.

The department launched the toll-free 511 service in 2007, just before work began on the reconstruction of Interstate 64. It enabled drivers to get up-to-the-minute traffic information about area roadways.

(via Missouri Department of Transportation)

Commuters who take Interstate 70 across the Missouri River got good news today from the Missouri Department of Transportation - the new westbound span of the Blanchette bridge will be open by August, three months ahead of schedule.

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

SLPR news

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing all lanes of Interstate 64 between Jefferson Avenue and Hampton Avenue starting at 8 p.m. Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The closures are part of a 3 month project to replace the 50 year old Jefferson overpass.

Eastbound on-ramps will be closed from McCausland to Ewing, and westbound on-ramps will be closed from Broadway to Grand.

The Jefferson Bridge itself will close at 7 p.m. Friday.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated March 29 with information about blasting and bumped up for visibility.

Planning to take Interstate 64 through the Central West End this weekend? You'll need to find another route.

(Missouri Department of Transportation photo)

You’ve seen them popping up all over the roads in the area. Now, the Missouri Department of Transportation wants you to let them know where they are.

MoDOT’s enhanced pothole repair initiative started Monday. The agency’s goal is to temporarily patch as many potholes as possible as quickly as possible. District engineer Ed Hassinger says that means they want the public to let them know where the worst potholes are. They’ll try to have them filled as quickly as possible, perhaps even within 24 hours.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated at 11:57 a.m. 2/22. Will be updated as more information becomes available.

Quick links: 

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri Senate that would create a temporary sales tax dedicated to funding transportation needs statewide.

The proposed constitutional amendment would create a one-cent sales tax that would expire after 10 years.  It’s co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City).  He says the one-penny tax would not be levied on groceries, prescription medicine or fuel.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Some drivers who normally use Interstate 64 to get downtown will have to find alternate routes this weekend.

Weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down a portion of Interstate 64 at 8 p.m.  Friday to demolish the bridges carrying Taylor and Newstead avenues over the highway.

Eastbound traffic will have to exit at Hampton, and westbound traffic at Forest Park Avenue.

(See the map of the detour here)

Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation

The head of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has unveiled a plan for funding the state’s aging highways and bridges.

The centerpiece would be a new one-cent sales tax.  It would expire after 10 years, and would need approval from both lawmakers and Missouri voters.  Transportation Commission Chairman Rudy Farber says the tax would not be collected on medicine, groceries or gasoline purchases.

Monday morning the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will begin work on an $18 million project to replace four bridges over Interstate 64.

MoDOT will close both Taylor and Newstead bridges shortly after rush hour and they will remain closed until November. 

MoDOT engineer Deanna Venker says in addition to relieving traffic congestion, the work will lay a foundation for economic development in the area.

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A panel appointed by the Missouri House to study the state’s transportation needs released its final report today, one day before the start of the 2013 legislative session.

It states that Missouri needs an additional $600 million to $1 billion a year – for several years – to maintain roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure.  The report lays out several options for meeting that gap, but doesn’t recommend any specific funding methods.  Retired Democratic State Senator Bill McKenna co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs.  He says some of the options won’t appeal to the Republican majority.

Ground Broken On New Boone Bridge

Jan 3, 2013
MODOT

Ground was broken Thursday on the new Daniel Boone Bridge just west of Chesterfield.

The $111 million project will replace a 75-year-old span over the Missouri River and link St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the bridge is the final project to make I-64 a true, interstate-quality, highway.

“We’re thrilled today to start on the project,” Hassinger says. “The design is about 90 percent complete and you’re going to see people starting work on the ground this month. The plan is that we’ll have the new bridge open in 2014.”

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s supposed to hit the St. Louis area over Christmas.

MoDOT crews are busy pre-treating the roads, said department spokesman Drew Gates.  He says if the weather allows, crews will take a break Christmas morning to spend some time with their families before the bulk of the storm hits.

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A special committee of transportation officials is still reviewing the amount of money MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for health insurance.

Most of the committee members are leaning towards a proposal from the Highway Patrol, which would have the state pay 60 percent of the cost and the individual employee or retiree 40 percent.  Rudy Farber is chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.  He says under the current system, the amount of coverage a worker pays varies based on numerous factors.

(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

This morning marked the first rush hour since all westbound lanes of the Blanchette Bridge were closed late yesterday afternoon for a year-long construction project.

(St. Louis Public Radio photo)

St. Charles city officials are hoping the year-long Blanchette Bridge roadwork that starts this weekend won’t have too much of a negative impact on its stores, casino and restaurants . 

via Flickr/binkle_28

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has promised his state's share of the $80 million needed to widen and upgrade the Poplar Street Bridge.

(via Flickr/Zahlm)

Got plans to travel to downtown St. Louis this weekend? Watch out for lane and road closures.

In addition to lane closures on the Blanchette Bridge, MoDOT will close the two right lanes on westbound I-64 across the Poplar Street Bridge approximately an hour after the start of Game 4 of the NLCS, which would be around 8 p.m. The lanes will remain closed until noon on Sunday.

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge.

Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups.

"As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and that creates a choke point," Wild said.

MoDOT

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker was killed on the job early this morning in the Kansas City area.

Clifton Scott, 50, is the first MoDOT worker killed in the line of duty since Missouri's Move Over law was expanded last month to include Dept. of Transportation employees and vehicles.  He was one of two MoDOT workers who responded during pre-dawn hours to a four-vehicle crash on I-70 in Independence.  Scott was placing cones on the highway to re-route traffic around 2:50 a.m. when he was struck by another vehicle.  Scott died at the scene, and the driver who struck him was seriously injured after crashing into Scott's truck.  Chris Redline is an engineer with MoDOT’s Kansas City office.

(Creative Commons photo)

People trying to get into downtown St. Louis this weekend will again have some traffic issues to deal with. 

For the second straight week, the Missouri Department of Transportation will shut down all westbound lanes of Interstate 64 from the Poplar Street Bridge to 21stStreet. In addition, the Broadway, 10thStreet and 14thStreet entrance ramps will also be shut down. MoDOT crews are still replacing the driving surface on the double-deck, elevated highway.


View Larger Map

Motorists on Interstate 70 will get a little taste - starting this weekend - of what life will be like when the westbound lanes of the busy Blanchette Bridge are closed in November.

(via Flickr/lordsutch)

Drivers coming into St. Louis from Illinois are about to get some relief from a summer of traffic congestion.

At least one lane of the double-deck structure that takes Interstate 64 through downtown has been closed through the spring and summer as crews replaced the driving surface.  Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation will start removing the concrete barriers from the westbound lanes of I-64 through downtown tonight. All of the lanes and ramps should be open by Friday morning.

(via Flickr/Missouri Department of Transportation)

Updated at 3:30 p.m. MoDOT has opened the westbound lanes of 364 between Harvester and Mid Rivers Mall Dr.  

Updated at 2:35 p.m. The eastbound lanes of 364 between Harvester and Mid Rivers Mall Dr. are now open. A piece of equipment used to paint stripes is malfunctioning, which will delay the opening of the westbound lanes until after rush hour tonight.

Our earlier story:

Drivers in the St. Louis region can now take Route 364 all the way to Mid Rivers Mall Dr.

Pages