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.
Missouri's transportation director says the state is nearing a crisis in highway funding and may have to turn away federal dollars unless it comes up with more of its own money for roads.
Department Director Kevin Keith told The Associated Press on Monday the agency now believes it must make about $300 million in cost cuts to free up enough state money to match federal highway dollars over the next five years. The department last year had set a goal of $200 million of savings.
Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo. The budget for the Missouri Department of Transportation is expected to drop by nearly half in 2011. (Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)
In 2011, crews will complete a new ramp connecting Interstate 270 and Page Avenue, says Bill Schnell, MoDOT's assistant district engineer in the St. Louis area. They'll also finish MoDOT's portion of the Route 141 extension in West County.
We have more details on the storm and tips for your holiday drive. We'll also keep you updated on any major changes in the weather here as it develops, but for real-time weather information, see the Missouri Department of Transportation's real-time traveler information map.