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MoDOT to Hold Informational Public Meeting, August 20, on Hibler Creek Bridge Replacement in Ladue
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 8, 2019 - Drivers who use Ladue Road between Route 141 and I-270 may want to attend an open house style informational public meeting August 20 to discuss a bridge replacement project planned for next summer.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold the open house-style public meeting to share information about Hibler Creek bridge replacement, which will close a stretch of Ladue between Route 141 and I-270 next summer.
The open house-style public meeting is 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, in Room 209 of the MoDOT Transportation Management Center, 14301 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield MO, 63107.
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 bridge replacement project.
MoDOT Now Offering Apprenticeship Program
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 3, 2019 - 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.
MoDOT to Close Two Lanes on NB Route 141 Over Meramec River on Next Four Weekends
MoDOT Suggests Planning Ahead for 2019 Construction Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Even though winter isn't quite in the rear-view mirror in St. Louis, MoDOT construction teams and contractors are already looking at the road ahead for roadway construction this year.
Some of the anticipated work will start as early as the first few weeks of March, so MoDOT is sharing information on the projects within the greater St. Louis area that will have significant impacts on daily travel. These projects will have lane closures, often around the clock, and may have narrowed and shifted lanes.
"We have several projects along the I-44 corridor - from the Mississippi River all the way out to the Crawford County line. Two of them - the bridge replacement near Shrewsbury and the bridge work between Kingshighway and 39th Street in St. Louis City - will have very large impact on travel into and through the St. Louis City area, said MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer Tom Blair.
"Like last year, we encourage drivers, especially along I-44, to review their options. Some may be able to adjust the time of their commute, or even telecommute several days a week. Others may want to consider alternate routes to get around the construction. For others, using ride-sharing, carpooling or transit options may be the best choice. We are sharing this information now so motorists know where the most impacts to traffic are expected so they can be prepared and consider what option works best for them as early as possible," said Blair.
MoDOT projects expected to have the biggest traffic impact to motorists in and around the St. Louis region this year are:
Interstate 70 construction
- St. Louis City - Bridge improvements between Kingshighway and 39th Street. Expect lane shifts and closures through December. Vandeventer ramp to WB I-44 will be closed through December. Grand to WB I-44 will be closed for three months
- St. Louis County - Bridge and pavement rehabilitation between Murdoch and the River Des Peres (Shrewsbury). Lane shifts and closures are expected through the end of the year. Shrewsbury to EB I-44 ramp will remain closed through end of the year.
- St. Louis County, Meramec River Bridge rebuild, including westbound Watson Road Bridge to westbound I-44. Expect several traffic shifts, including moving eastbound traffic to the newly constructed westbound bridge in late spring. WB Watson Road to WB I-44 will be closed for five months after Memorial Day.
- St. Louis County, Maritz Bridge over I-44 repair. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Franklin County, Pavement improvements from Route 30 to the Crawford County Line. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
Interstate 270 construction
- St. Charles County, Pavement improvements from Wentzville Parkway to Lake St. Louis. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
State route construction
- St. Louis County, Pavement improvements on the southbound I-270 exit ramp to I-70. The ramp will be closed from spring 2019 until late summer 2019.
- St. Louis County, bridge painting at Route 370. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Route 67, Replacement of the Dorsett Midland overpass. The overpass will be closed from Memorial Day until late summer 2019.
- Route 109, Bridge rehabilitation/widening at Route 100. Includes work on Route 109 south of the bridge. Expect lane shifts and closures during the project.
- Route 141, Pavement improvements between Route 30 and Route 61/67. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Route 141, Pavement improvements and bridge rehabilitation between Route 30 and I-64. Mostly off-peak lane closures.
- Route 370, Bridge improvements at Route 94. Expect lane closures across the Route 370 bridge and lane shifts.
Martin Luther King Bridge Closed Until 2019
The Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of Laclede's Landing, will be closed through early fall of 2019.
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 2019.
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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