Morning roundup
9:33 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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MoDOT resurrects controversial I-55 ramp proposal

The Missouri Department of Transportation is again pushing a proposal to build two-lane ramps to ease the congestion at Interstate 55 and the Poplar Street Bridge.

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3:12 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

MoDOT promises 24-hour turnaround on pothole complaints

A MoDOT maintenance crew repairs potholes on Mason Rd. in Town and Country.
(Andrew Gates/MoDOT)

Warmer weather this month has the Missouri Department of Transportation zeroing in on St. Louis potholes. For the month of March, maintenance crews have pledged to respond to any pothole complaint within 24 hours. 

Tom Blair, the assistant district engineer for MoDOT in St. Louis, said catching potholes now will make MoDOT’s job easier down the road.

" Because the temperatures are warming up, we’re not going to see that re-freeze that’s going to cause the potholes to come back out. So, if we fix them now, they’re likely to stay fixed for quite a while," he said.

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I-70 toll road
3:39 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Nixon: voters should decide on tolls along I-70

Gov. Jay Nixon says voters should decide whether to make I-70 a toll road in Missouri.
(Manu Bhandar/KOMU)

Gov. Jay Nixon says voters should decide whether to install tolls along Interstate 70, though he would not say if he supports the idea.

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I-70 toll road proposal
4:45 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MoDOT Director: Toll roads only option if state wants to rebuild I-70 right now

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith told a gathering of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday that converting I-70 to a toll road could have short-term benefits, namely, job creation.

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Weekend road closures
10:09 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Lanes of I-64 in both directions will be closed this weekend

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Drivers traveling on Interstate 64 in both directions this weekend will face lane closures and possible delays.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all the lanes and ramps on eastbound I-64 between Jefferson and 6th Street at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The ramps from Pine St., Forest Park Ave. and Ewing to eastbound I-64 will close at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Closures postponed
8:44 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Icy forecast cancels weekend road closures in downtown

An icy weather forecast is delaying planned weekend closures on the double-decker portion of I-64 in downtown St. Louis.
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The Missouri Department of Transportation has canceled a planned weekend closure of eastbound Interstate 64 between Jefferson and the Poplar Street Bridge because the forecast includes a chance of ice.

Snow response
2:51 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

MoDOT to take "hard look" at snow response following rough commute

Missouri Department of Transportation Motorist Assist operators assisted drivers stalled on Interstate 64 during Thursday morning's difficult commute.
(Missouri Department of Transportation/MoDOT - St. Louis on Facebook)

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation's St. Louis district says he and other officials will take a very hard look at snow removal efforts following a tough commute in the region Thursday morning.

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Winter weather
4:38 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Region gears up for first wintery blast

MoDOT snowplows are ready to go as the region prepares for its first winter storm of the season.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Three weeks into the winter season, and the weather forecast is just now starting to feel like it, with snow and falling temperatures in the forecast.

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Blanchette closures
3:28 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Blanchette Bridge closures start tonight

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A friendly reminder to St. Charles drivers - overnight lane closures will start on the Blanchette Bridge tonight.

The closures are needed in preparation for the major rehabilitation of the bridge's westbound span, which is expected to start in 2012. The current work will move utilities from the westbound bridge to the eastbound lanes.

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Missouri Department of Transportation
9:23 am
Tue December 27, 2011

MoDot director says agency facing leaner 2012

The Missouri Department of Transportation decided to address budget troubles in 2011 with a plan to lay off workers, close some facilities and sell off equipment. MoDot Director Kevin Keith says he's optimistic 2012 won't be as tough.
UPI/Missouri Department of Highways and Transportation

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation is hoping that 2012 will be a better year than this one. The agency had to make some pretty drastic budget decisions this year.

"It was hard," said MoDot Director Kevin Keith. "You know, that was the first word that comes to mind. It was hard."

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