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Ask the Patch Pro: MoDOT Answers Your Questions On Friday

Patch is teaming up with the Missouri Department of Transportation this week to get all of your traffic and road questions answered.

MoDOT will answer reader questions on Friday, Aug. 16.
MoDOT will answer reader questions on Friday, Aug. 16.

Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about traffic, road construction and more. That's why this week, we are teaming up with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro," MoDOT Community Relations Coordinator Linda Wilson Horn will answer readers' questions in the comment section of the Patch sites on Friday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Have a question? Ask below and check back for the answer on Friday! 

Janice August 12, 2013 at 08:31 AM
What is the latest update of opening the little road that connects Hwy A and E Pitman in Wentzville? This is a project that has been going on for quite sometime. It doesn't appear to be much more to do than just open the road.
Babsgarcia August 12, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Regarding the intersection at Brentwood that was created with the Hwy 64/40 updates -- not Eager Rd, but the other side of the highway (Not sure if this is considered an outer road or an exit ramp). When you come from Hanley Rd or I-170 there in the shadow of the highway--you have the option of two right turn lanes as well as lanes that go straight to access hwy 64/40 West. If you wish to make a right onto Brentwood at the light -- some feel they can make a right on red, others do not. And as you can imagine, impatience is high between those who disagree. What is the truth and can signs be added that clearly read either way?
r-long August 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Since they've resurfaced Clarkson Road, it appears they have adjusted some of the stop lights. Can someone please address the light at Clarkson and Wilson Roads? What used to be a smooth flow of traffic with lights up and down Clarkson is now a complete nightmare seemingly due to the light at The intersection of Clarkson and Wilson Roads. At 4:45 pm, heading south on Clarkson, traffic is completely backed up to the Baxter light and at a standstill.
Robbie Klemme August 13, 2013 at 09:10 AM
What's the word on the light at Cheshire and Watson? Have the sensors been turned back on?
Phil Bales August 13, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I agree with r-long. Clarkson is a mess right now. Please fix the timing issue. Also what's going on with the lights at 109 and E. North St? Those lights seem to be on a cycle 24/7. Early in the morning around 6am the lights cycle for cross traffic when there isn't any traffic. I figure the 109 repavement project did something to them.
Larry Stone August 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM
What are your specific plans for preparing to deal with the substantial additional traffic on Gravois Road and Musick Road. Add 124 new homes, a proposed library to existing traffic from Affton Sports Complex, Grant's Farm traffic and more to the mix and, while the new housing is welcomed, the aforesaid added traffic, if not properly addressed by MOdot and the St. Lous Dept. of Highways & Traffic, is going to provide "congested jelly" (i.e., one big traffic jam). Pun intended.
Jim Frain August 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
The residents of Pheasant Point Subdivision in O'Fallon on Highway K, just south of N take their lives in their hands every day as they attempt to safely leave their homes and get on the only access to Highway K. It is the most dangerous subdivision in our city and it gets worse every day. A recent segment on Channel 2 dealt with this issue but nothing is being resolved by MODOT. There is a large neon sign just north of this intercestion placed by MODOT to warn Highway K drivers to allow cars out of Pheasant Point. It is a sight danger and is not working...What will be done to protect these residents from the intense traffic on Highway K? Will MODOT consider the successful use of Box Junctions at this site, and other dangerous sites which safely control traffic throughout Europe?
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Answer to Jim Frain: We are adding a larger Do Not Block Intersection sign that will include a flasher when traffic is backed up past the intersection. It should be installed this fall. Unfortunately, it is too close to the signal at SOR and K to be able to add another signal.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Answer to Larry Stone: Unfortunately, MoDOT and ST Louis County are not in charge of zoning. We just have to deal with the developments. We provide input on entrances to our roads, but that's about it. As with any development, we will deal with signal timing as we have to. There are no planned changes to Gravois by MoDOT at this time.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Answer to Phil and r-long: The resurfacing on Clarkson Road right now has temporarily maybe the signal detection not work. We have to set the time for the cross streets on a pre-time. our signal engineers are working on it, but until the detectors are operating again, it won't be as good as it was. It should be back to normal later this fall.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Answer to Babsgarcia: State law in Missouri is that at every signal you are allowed to make a right turn on red after you have come to a full stop and it is safe to proceed. This is always the case unless there is a No Right Turn On Red Sign posted. I will ask about adding a sign.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Answer to Larry: One more note on the Gravois and Musick situation, I know there are proposed developments at this point but I don't think anything is final. MoDOT has requested that the developments be required to include road improvements in their development plans. No decisions on this yet. It's more a St Louis County issue.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Answer to Robbie: I'm checking on the status of MO American Water's work at Watson and Cheshire. They are supposed to get the detectors working once the road repairs are complete. I'll post an update later this morning as soon as I hear something from our permit inspector who is working with Mo American Water.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Answer for Janice: Route A and Pitman connection is a St Charles County project. Their last step is striping the road. They are hoping to do that in the next week or so, pending weather and equipment scheduling. Hopefully you will see this open in the next couple of weeks.
carol August 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM
CVS is proposing a new store at sw corner of Manchester and Kirkwood Roads. This is already a dangerous, high traffic intersection. Would MoDOT provide information regarding traffic numbers, comparisons of turnins and accidents at other high traffic intersection businesses, so decision makers can make a well informed decision about approving this business at this location?
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Typically, MoDOT reviews any new development that has access onto a state road, in this case Manchester Road. I'm checking with our permit inspector to see if we have actually seen plans on this yet. I haven't gotten an answer yet. Our role is to provide feedback to the developer and the city on what should be required for the entrances to make it as safe and efficient as possible.
Linda Wilson Horn August 16, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Thanks for the questions this month. I should be back on Patch in September.

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