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Highway closures
8:25 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Easter Weekend Closures Set Along Interstate 64

MoDOT will shut down a portion of I-64 this weekend to continue work on new bridges for Taylor and Newstead, shown here before demolition.
(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.

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Area potholes get filled
4:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

MoDOT Wants You To Report Those Pesky Potholes

Missouri Department of Transportation workers patch a pothole on Monday on South Woods Mill Road near Route 40 in Town and Country.
Credit (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.

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Winter Storm
5:04 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

St. Louis Area Wrestles Winter Storm Aftermath

A motorist is helped after encountering a snow drift on Highway 64 in Ladue, Mo. on February 21, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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

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Transportation
11:39 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed 1-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation Needs Filed In Mo. Senate

Mo. Sen. Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) announces a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary 1-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs. At left is MHTC chair Rudy Farber, & at right is co-sponsor Sen. Ryan McKenna (D, Crystal City).
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.

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Highway closure
12:57 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

MoDOT Set For Weekend I-64 Shutdown

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close part of Interstate 64 this weekend to demolish the Newstead (foreground) and Taylor (background) Avenue bridges/
(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)

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Transportation
5:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

MHTC Chairman Proposes 1-Cent Sales Tax To Fund Mo.'s Transportation Needs

Two trucks travel in the east-bound lanes of I-70 between Columbia and Boonville, Mo.
(MoDOT)

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.

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Road work
2:28 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Taylor And Newstead Bridges Close On Monday Morning

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.

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Mo. Transportation needs
4:50 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Blue Ribbon Committee Releases 'Options' For Funding Missouri's Transportation Needs

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) stands to the left of former Speaker Rod Jetton (R), co-chair of the Blue Ribbon transportation panel. Standing behind Jetton, wearing a beige jacket, is fellow co-chair, former State Sen. Bill McKenna (D).
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.

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Other News
4:04 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Ground Broken On New Boone Bridge

The selected design for the new I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River bridge
Credit 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.”

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Winter storm
2:46 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

MoDOT Ready For Winter Storm

MoDOT will have 200 trucks on the road plowing and spreading salt during the forecasted winter storm.
(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.

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