Highway 141 to remain under construction, will affect Parkway schools transportation - KMOV.com

Highway 141 to remain under construction, will affect Parkway schools transportation

CHESTERFIELD, Mo (KMOV.com) -- More lanes are opening up on the new section of Highway 141 in West St. Louis County, but it won’t be much help for some students returning to class tomorrow.

On Monday, MoDOT announced it has opened an additional lane of traffic going each direction of 141 between Saint Luke’s Hospital and Olive Blvd.

News 4 learned, buses and parents trying to get to Parkway Central will still hit road blocks through the end of the month.

MoDOT announced today that Woods Mill Road between Parkway’s Central campus and St. Luke’s Hospital will remain closed for two more weeks.

It means the buses at this depot will need to leave about 15 minutes earlier in the morning to ensure an on-time pickup

The construction affects students who attend Parkway Central middle and high schools.

Both schools sit on route 141.

For now, the Central high and middle schools can only be accessed from the north.

It’s a big enough concern that Parkway and MoDOT have been meeting for several months  to come up with a plan complete with detours and traffic monitoring.

MoDOT wanted the work wrapped up in time for the start of school, but extreme temperatures got in the way of construction.

“With the extensive heat that we had this summer, and working in the schedule of pouring concrete, and all the facets of roadway work, we concentrated on the mainline, 141 so we could get two lanes in each direction open,” said MoDOT Engineer Michelle Voegele.

MoDOT and the district will continue to meet to determine whether any adjustments need to be made with bus departures, and even signal timing on Woodsmill.

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