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.
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.
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.
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.
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.