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Public Hearing on Manchester Road Project
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 22, 2019 - Drivers who use Route 100 (Manchester Road) between Lindbergh and I-270 may want to attend a January 9, 2020 open house style public hearing to discuss an upcoming project along the corridor.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold the open house style public hearing to discuss a 2022 project that repairs pavement, makes updates to sidewalks and signals and resurfaces the roadway between Route 67 (Kirkwood Road/ Lindbergh Boulevard) and I-270.

The hearing is from 4 to 7 p.m. January 9, 2020 at the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122

During the meeting, MoDOT engineers will share information about the project, schedule, and expected impacts to commuters for the project, and hear concerns from residents along the roadway.

Participants may attend at any time during the open house.

This meeting will allow the public to get information about the project and to provide comments, either directly to the engineers or in written comments, on potential impacts of this roadway project.


MoDOT to Rehabilitate Eastbound I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge Starting in Spring 2020
A variety of repairs will be made including replacing expansion joints, repairing the steel structure, sealing the bridge deck and full paint replacement. Archived slfp.com photo

MoDOT to Rehabilitate Eastbound I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge Starting in Spring 2020
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 13, 2019 - The Missouri Department of Transportation will be rehabilitating the eastbound lanes of Blanchette Bridge beginning in Spring 2020. A variety of repairs will be made including replacing expansion joints, repairing the steel structure, sealing the bridge deck and full paint replacement. The westbound and eastbound traffic will be impacted.

Eastbound I-70 will be reduced from five lanes to four lanes; two of those lanes will cross over to the current westbound bridge. Westbound I-70 will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes. These lane restrictions will be in place until late Fall 2020. Additional lanes will be closed during nighttime hours. In 2021, traffic impacts will be limited to eastbound I-70 only. The entire project will be completed by late Fall 2021.

Motorists are encouraged to use Route 370 and Route 364 as the main alternative routes. Also, motorists should consider flexing their work hours to avoid the peak traffic delays from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. in the eastbound direction and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the westbound direction.


Major Rehabilitation for I-255 in Illinois Begins in Early 2020
COLLINSVILLE, IL, (SLFP.com) - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that one of its first projects under the Rebuild Illinois capital plan will be a complete overhaul of a crumbling section of Interstate 255 early in 2020.

Because the road has deteriorated so badly, the rebuilding effort will require a full closure of seven miles, in two separate sections, over 10 months, allowing the project to be finished more quickly, safely and with fewer taxpayer dollars.

"As Metro East drivers know too well, I-255 was neglected for far too long - and repairing it is a massive undertaking that IDOT will complete as quickly and safely as possible for those who rely on this roadway," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "As one of the first projects of the historic bipartisan 'Rebuild Illinois' effort, this is also one of the worst roads in the system today. We'll be holding public meetings to keep residents informed of the plan and our progress. We look forward to a day when people feel good about driving on I-255 again."

By closing I-255, the project will be completed in 10 months instead of four years that would be necessary if construction was staged. Additionally, the project will cost $64 million, or about $14 million less in taxpayer dollars than completing the work in multiple phases. Closing the interstate also reduces the safety risk to workers and motorists by eliminating live traffic moving through an active construction site.

The project consists of rehabilitating and resurfacing approximately 7 miles of I-255 from Collinsville Road to Illinois 15 in two sections separated by Interstate 64, with significant bridge repairs, safety improvements and drainage upgrades. Work will start on the northern section in the first months of the year with a full closure of I-255 in both directions between I-64 and Collinsville Road for approximately five months.

Once the section north of Interstate 64 is finished, construction will shift to the section between I-64 and Illinois 15, again requiring a full closure of the work zone in both directions for approximately five months. The entire project wraps up in late fall.

For IDOT District 8 updates, motorists can follow on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict8 or view area construction details on IDOT's traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.


MoDOT Now Offering Apprenticeship Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Individuals looking for a career in maintenance with the Missouri Department of Transportation can now take advantage of an apprenticeship program that provides maintenance employees with on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction, all while earning a paycheck. The program is also available to current MoDOT employees.

The U.S. Department of Labor-Missouri Office of Apprenticeship recently recognized MoDOT's existing employee training programs as meeting the requirements for the federal apprenticeship program.

"The good news for all employees, both current and new hires, is that they will earn a Completion of Registered Apprenticeship certificate provided by the U.S. Department of Labor once they finish the program," said Natalie Roark, MoDOT's state maintenance director. "These certificates are nationally recognized credentials that validate proficiency in an apprenticeship occupation."

In the future, Roark said, MoDOT maintenance employees may have the potential to earn college credit for training provided to them on the job. MoDOT has begun to explore partnerships with community colleges throughout the state to structure a program to provide college credit based on its existing training curriculum. In addition, veterans who qualify for GI Bill benefits and are enrolled in the apprenticeship program may receive a monthly stipend in addition to their MoDOT wages. The stipend is paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

"This new program provides an additional recruitment and retention tool for us," said Brandon Anderson, MoDOT senior employee development specialist. "We're pleased to be able to offer it to both potential and current employees." New employees can sign up for the apprenticeship program upon completion of a six-month probationary period. The program is available for those with both veteran and non-veteran status.


MLK Bridge to Close August 21 for Repairs
The Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of Laclede's Landing, will be closed through early fall of 2019.
Martin Luther King Bridge Closed Until 2020
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Martin Luther King Bridge to perform extensive repairs to the ramps and roadways leading to the Martin Luther King Bridge.

The Martin Luther King Bridge will remain closed through early fall of 2020.

Motorists are urged to plan accordingly and use alternate routes including the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate forms of transportation including carpooling and public tranportation.


Gateway Guide Offers Live Views of St. Louis Traffic
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Does your daily commute catch you by surprise? Is it smooth sailing or are there crashes and other incidents on your path home that will cause you delays? Check out MoDOT's new and improved Gatewayguide.com website for live traffic information and alerts before you leave for work or home.

MoDOT's new GatewayGuide.com website shows nearly 300 live camera views updating every couple of seconds, displays real-time information on incidents and work zones with lane closures and is mobile friendly for your smart phone or other cellular device.

"You can sign up for personalized My STL Traffic alerts specific to the highway you use at the times you need it each day," said MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Tom Blair. "These alerts can be sent to you by text or email to the device you choose and will inform you of crashes or other lane closures. Our goal is to keep traffic moving. The better informed you are of current road conditions, the better choices you can make for a quick, safe trip."

The new website provides a tour of camera views from one end of an interstate to the other. It also shows a live Twitter feed from MoDOT's @StLouisTraffic. Check out the new website at www.gatewayguide.com.


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