Highway 141 improvements part of $3.5 billion state plan

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by Mike Colombo / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 8:34 AM

(KMOV.com) -- A new statewide $3.5 billion plan will help bring bring relief to congested traffic along Highway 141 in the St. Louis area. 

Highway 141 is set to receive improvements at Highway 40, Interstate 44 and Olive Boulevard.

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to build a flyover ramp from southbound Highway 141 to eastbound I-44 to better handle northbound 141 to westbound I-44 traffic.

A lot of drivers have said the traffic problems are related to the number of stop lights on 141, which the fly over ramp will eliminate.

Farther north, double left-turn lanes will be put in at 141’s entrance to Highway 40. Currently, there are only single left-turn lanes. MoDot will also add an extra, auxiliary lane between Highway 40 and St. Luke’s Hospital.

Another project will tie Highway 141 north of Olive Boulevard into the state’s “Intelligent Transportation” system which will include electronic message boards, traffic cameras and traffic sensors.

Both of those projects were supposed to be part of the work completed last summer with the help of federal stimulus funds.

But they were cut and had to wait until more money became available, said Tom Montesdeoca, Project Manager for the southwest St. Louis County area.
 

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