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St. Louis Pot Hole Patrol
Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day, but continue to be cold at night. This is the main cause of potholes in highways and why they are prevalent during spring. Archived slfp.com file photo
MoDOT Wants You to Be a Member of Its "Pothole Patrol"
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 4, 2018 - Throughout March, maintenance crews will be repairing potholes to keep roads as safe and smooth as possible. The public is asked to report potholes so MoDOT maintenance crews can assess the damage and complete the needed repairs.

"We don't want to take any shortcuts and sacrifice the safety of our customers and our crews," said State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. "We are focusing on quality repairs. It is not a good use of resources to have our crews going out multiple times repairing the same pothole."

Allmeroth asks motorists to watch out for crews making the repairs, slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work. As many as 300 pothole patching crews may be working to make state roadways safer.

"Please be aware of crews on the roadway and give them room. The work they are performing is saving lives, saving taxpayers' money and costly repairs to their vehicles," Allmeroth said.

Motorists can report the location of potholes on state-maintained roads using the following tools:

  • Call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636)
  • Use our Report a Road Concern form on the web at www.modot.org
  • Use your smart phone/tablet with a mobile-friendly form at www.modot.org/roadconcern,/FONT>
  • Send an email to comments@modot.mo.gov
Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day, but continue to be cold at night. This is the main cause of potholes in highways and why they are prevalent during spring. The rain and snow from winter leave moisture that seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement. When temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands the pavement. This expansion causes the pavement to bulge and crack. When cars drive over the bulging pavement, it eventually causes chunks of pavement to pop out.

MoDOT spends approximately $15 million a year on pothole patching with the majority of that during the month of March.

The state of Missouri maintains 34,000 miles of road including interstates, U.S. and Missouri routes and lettered routes. Potholes on city streets or subdivisions should be directed to local cities or counties.


Union Station MetroLink Station Elevator Out of Service
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 4, 2018 - The elevator at the Union Station MetroLink Station will be out of service for approximately 12 weeks for repairs and restoration.

MetroLink riders who normally use the elevator at the Union Station MetroLink Station are encouraged to access the MetroLink platform instead at the Civic Center Transit Center during the elevator rehabilitation project. The Civic Center Transit Center is located two blocks east of the Union Station MetroLink Station at 14th and Clark Streets.

MetroLink operators will make announcements about the elevator outage, and signage will be placed at the station to let riders know which nearby stations to use instead. In addition, Metro riders are encouraged to use the Passenger Assist Telephones, which are located at every MetroLink station, if they need additional assistance.

The Union Station MetroLink Station is one of four stations in downtown St. Louis where Metro Transit is making elevator improvements. The elevators were put into service 25 years ago when the MetroLink system opened. To minimize the impact of rehabilitation work on Metro riders, only two elevators will be taken out of service at a time.

Work got underway on the elevator at the Laclede's Landing MetroLink Station on February 19. Rehabilitation on the elevators at the Convention Center and the 8th and Pine Station will get underway later this year at some point after the work has been completed at the other two stations. Elevator improvements are among Metro Transit's commitment to providing a better transit experience for commuters while building a better public transit system.


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